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.
An update is rolling out to Google Maps users on Android today that provides real-time information as you make your morning and afternoon commute. It’s a new toolbar with 3 tabs that is accessed with a swipe to show you nearby places, details on your travel time, and a transit tab, should you choose not to drive. (more…)
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…)
Because most Google apps these days talk to one another, today’s feature introduction to Google Maps comes as no surprise and is most definitely a welcomed addition. For Android users, Google Calendar events will start showing up in Maps under Your Places>Upcoming to help you get to the places you need to get to. (more…)
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…)
In a Google Maps update that was first given to beta testers, as we’ve seen it for what seems like a couple of weeks now, the blue dot that indicates your location will now also indicate your direction. Not that this needs to be broken down any further, but let’s break it down for all to understand. (more…)
Users over at reddit are reporting that they are beginning to see speed limits appear while using navigation in Google Maps. That’s, well, a really big deal if you ask me. While Waze users have had a similar feature for some time, Google Maps users have had hope to see a speed limit road sign to know how fast to drive. (more…)