Tag Archive: Maps


Google Maps gets in-depth walking directions with detailed voice guidance

Only in the U.S. and Japan for now.

What you need to know On World Sight Day, Google began rolling out detailed voice guidance for Google Maps. The new feature will give in-depth walking instructions in Google Maps, announcing the distance to your next turn, warning of busy intersections, and notifying you if you go off-route. Currently, it is available in English for the U.S. and in Japanese for Japan with additional languages and countries coming in  [Read More…]

Google Maps dark mode teased on the Android Instagram page

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like dark mode for all apps is nearly upon us.

What you need to know Dark mode will automatically change the app theme when enabled in Android 10. Google Maps is getting a new dark mode that’s darker than the current night mode. Chrome dark mode could be finalized soon, if this teaser is any indication.

This week has seen a slew of updates that finally enable dark  [Read More…]

Google Maps finally gets a Street View layer on Android

The Street View layer on Google Maps is now widely available for Android users.

What you need to know The Google Maps Android app now offers a “Street View” layer. To enter Street View mode, you will need to tap on the map layers FAB on the top-right corner. Once you apply the Street View layer, areas where Street View is available will be highlighted in a darker shade.

Google rolled out AR directions for both Android  [Read More…]

Google Maps, Drive, and Contacts receive quick-switch gesture

The new gesture allows you to quickly swipe your profile photo up or down to switch between your Google accounts.

What you need to know Google has added a new quick-switch gesture to Google Maps, Drive, and Contacts over the past couple of weeks. The new gesture allows you to quickly swap between your Google accounts by simply swiping up or down over your profile photo. The most recent app to receive this feature is Google Contacts  [Read More…]

Google Maps gets some new buttons in Android Auto

Added buttons include alternate routes, search, and nearby locations.

What you need to know Google Maps is gaining some new buttons in Android Auto. The new button row includes settings, alternate routes, search, locations, and a three-dot overflow menu. The addition is rolling out in stages, so if you haven’t received it already, you should soon.

A surprise has been popping up in Google Maps for Android Auto users recently. As first spotted on Reddit, there are  [Read More…]

AR directions in Google Maps now widely available for Android and iOS

Maps is also getting an upgraded Timeline and helpful travel tools.

What you need to know The Live View beta in Google Maps is expanding to Android and iOS devices running ARCore and ARKit. The updated Timeline will allow you to relive your travels and export them to share with friends and family. Google Maps will also let you view “all of your flight and hotel reservations in one place” under Reservations in the app.

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Google Maps is receiving major public transportation improvements

What you need to know Google is rolling out a major update for Google Maps to improve public transportation. The biggest improvements come with live traffic info for buses and crowdedness prediction. The new features will start rolling out today for iOS and Android for nearly 200 major cities around the world.

Google Maps will now offer live traffic info for buses and crowdedness prediction.

Google today announced a new update for Google Maps coming to both  [Read More…]

Millions of fake businesses are currently listed on Google Maps

Hundreds of thousands are added to Google Maps every month.

What you need to know Google Maps could have up to 11 million fake business listings, according to an investigation by the Wall Street Journal. The main businesses affected include contractors, repairmen, and car towing services. Google is working on combating these false listings and you can help by reporting ones that you find.

Be careful of the next business you contact on Google Maps, because it  [Read More…]

Some Google Maps users are getting an off-route alert for taxis

The new feature has only been spotted in India so far.

What you need to know The new off-route feature will alert you when your driver goes more than 500m off course. So far the new feature has only been spotted being tested in India. Google Maps has added the option to see speed cameras and a speedometer recently as well.

Google is testing a new feature for Maps which could save you some money or even  [Read More…]

SOS alerts will soon show you the path of hurricanes in Google Maps

Flood maps will only be available in India.

What you need to know SOS alerts are being updated to show visualizations in Google Maps. The new visualizations will be available for hurricanes, earthquakes, and flooding. Flood maps will only be available in India where 20 percent of flood-related deaths occur.

Google launched SOS alerts in 2017 to provide valuable information during natural disasters or times of crisis. SOS alerts show up in Google Search and Maps to  [Read More…]