Google Maps Gets an Official Beta, Sign-Up for It Now!

Google Maps joined the Google App as having an official beta version this afternoon, and you can sign-up now!

All you need to do is hit that link below, click the “Become a tester” button, and then head to Google Play to “update” to the beta version. It’s just like you have done with the Google App and Nova and any other beta through the Play store. That same link below will allow you to leave the beta test as well.

The new beta version is 9.27.0.  (more…)

Google Maps Integrates Ride Services With Dedicated ETA Tab, Fare Estimates

Starting today, users of Uber can simply open up the Google Maps app, plug in a destination, then get detailed information on whether an Uber is the best option for you to get somewhere.

Usually, if you want to use Uber, you must open their app, hail a car, type in your destination, then you will be on your way. With this ride service integration in Google Maps, a newly dedicated tab specifically for ride services will show you estimated time to your destination, as well as the cost for the different tiers of Uber service. This is in addition to the other ETAs the Google Maps app provides, such as public transportation, walking, and biking.  (more…)

About That Google Maps Video With the Missing App Drawer…

UPDATE 2/29: Google reached out to confirm to us that this Google Maps video is an inaccurate (read: bad mock-up as we suggested below) version of their UI and that this is not a hint or preview of what’s to come, as has been rumored over the previous couple of weeks.


Yesterday, Google posted a tweet through the Google Maps Twitter account that has Android enthusiasts going a big nuts, all because the video included shows a Nexus 6P without an app drawer. Seriously, lots of people are freaking out because this phone doesn’t have an app drawer. I don’t know that I’m ready to freak out just yet without knowing the full story, but it is worth talking about.

First of all, here is the tweet that’s to blame for this weekend’s fun.  (more…)

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Waze Announces Version 4.0 With New, Cleaner Design

Through an upload to the Waze YouTube channel, the community-based traffic service announced version 4.0 for its Android app. This version leaked out of an alpha group a few weeks back, so you may have heard of this version already. If not, this is what’s new.

According to Waze, we’ll see a “new, cleaner design for easier navigation, reporting and sharing.” That means you’ll see a minimized number of steps for navigation, items like map, menus, and road reporting, designed for higher visibility and clarity, plus less clutter overall. Waze users will also see brighter buttons and color-coded pins to round out this “head to toe” revamping.  (more…)

This Google Maps Video Shows Android Without an App Drawer and People are Freaking Out (Updated)

UPDATE 2/29: Google reached out to confirm to us our initial thoughts, that this Google Maps video is an inaccurate (read: bad mock-up as we suggested below) version of their UI and that this is not a hint or preview of what’s to come, as has been rumored over the previous couple of weeks.


Yesterday, Google posted a tweet through the Google Maps Twitter account that has Android enthusiasts going a big nuts, all because the video included shows a Nexus 6P without an app drawer. Seriously, lots of people are freaking out because this phone doesn’t have an app drawer. I don’t know that I’m ready to freak out just yet without knowing the full story, but it is worth talking about.

First of all, here is the tweet that’s to blame for this weekend’s fun.  (more…)

Google Maps Gets “Driving” Mode to Give You Suggestions on When to Drive

Google is pushing out a pretty decent new feature to Google Maps this week, called Driving mode. The mode attempts to help you decide if now would be a good time to leave for home or to the gym or to other favorite destinations or to stay put. It provides quick overviews on ETAs, traffic updates, etc.

The new Driving option can be found in the slideout menu in Google Maps or you can create a shortcut to it on your home screen, as it will show up as an option in your home screen widget picker after updating to the newest version of Maps.  (more…)