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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 08:54

Google Maps gets major Android and iOS update

Written by Fuad Abazovic

Better navigation, save maps and spy better

Google is definitely not sleeping and it isn’t leaving leave much chance for Apple Maps to ever catch up with its maps service. Google Maps is one of the most used apps on Android and iOS the google and it just got better.

In last few days Google release a few updates to its core apps, including Google Maps. Maps can now track where you parked your car. This might be a useful feature on huge parking lots such are the ones at shopping malls or small streets across Europe. It might not be of much use in Eastern Europe though, as you are a lot more likely to have your car stolen than lost.

Google also started notifying you about product that you Googled as long as you would came close to the product/service location. Yes we know, it sounds a bit like Spies Like Us and by now you should know that Google will use any data that it possibly can to increase its advertising revenue and learn more about you.

The new maps deliver more accurate turn-by-turn navigation data and apparently the app will notify you quicker if you make the wrong turn. It now tells you approximate time of arrival as well as offering easy access to alternate routes in case you see bad traffic ahead.

Navigation

Saving maps of a city you are visiting just got easier as there is a dedicated button for that. You simply chose save a new offline map, chose the area you want to save, and you are good to good. It will let you save maps across all of your devices, as long as you sign in.

Google Maps transit option results now display total walking time of your trip and the next scheduled bus or train. You can sign in to use places to review option and in case you have Uber app, Google will let you open it directly from maps when comparing route options.

Some additional features include lane guidance in navigation mode but this feature is currently limited to US, parts of Canada and Japan. Google also offers search filters that can filter the price rating, user rating, if the business is closed or open and chose from circles. 

You can find more details on the official Google Maps blog.

 

Last modified on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 10:39
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