New Google Maps Lists Feature Starts Rollout to Everyone Today

Starting today, when you use Google Maps to pull up a soon-to-be-visited restaurant, or maybe one you want to add to a list of favorites, you’ll be able to do so in a much more organized way. Google Maps is getting a proper lists feature that allows you to create new lists, share them with others, and even follow those from your buddies.

This feature was first introduced back in August of last year to Google’s Local Guides program. Today, though, it comes to everyone else.  (more…)

Google Maps Adds Parking Difficulty Indicator in 25 Cities

Depending on where you live, Google Maps will now show you a parking difficulty icon as you use the app to travel to your favorite spots. Google has been slowly rolling out the feature in recent weeks, but today it becomes official in 25 metro areas.

The thought here is that traveling to locations in cities is often multi-layered when you start factoring in the total time. Not only do you have to worry about traffic and the route you take, you may also have to worry about finding a parking spot once you get there. How many times have you thought you had made it on time to your meeting or dinner, only to circle block after block looking for an open parking spot? This new feature could help alleviate that pain.  (more…)

Google Shares a Bunch of New Voice Commands for Your Next Google Maps Adventure

Through a new blog post, Google is doing its best to make sure you are always getting the most out of one of its greatest apps, Google Maps. The post talks about using voice commands to get you to that next destination, tweak settings, avoid tolls, and even get out of navigation if you just want to look at a map.

All of this voice magic can happen within both navigation and driving modes because each contains a UI with a little white microphone. So in reality, anywhere you see that microphone within Google Maps will open up voice capabilities. Not familiar with driving mode? Open up Maps, swipe out the side menu, and tap on “Start driving.” I think you’ll like it.  (more…)