Google today updated its Google Maps app to version 4.12, adding spoken traffic alerts in navigation mode as well as the ability to easily add new or missing businesses from the app's sidebar.

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Spoken traffic alerts will tell users about traffic congestion and incidents on a user's route. Additionally, users will get traffic descriptions summarizing traffic conditions before they set off on their journey. The feature is similar to Google-owned Waze's notifications, which also verbally points out traffic congestion, incidents and the location of police in the area.

Google Maps is a universal app available for free in the App Store. [Direct Link]

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scott523 Avatar
111 months ago
Great to see Google is catching up on this feature. Apple already had this earlier this year at the start of iOS 9 beta.

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Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mejsric Avatar
111 months ago
If there is no Apple Map then iPhone users probably won't receive this update...

Thanks Apple for creating Apple Map.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KALLT Avatar
111 months ago
It’s such a shame that Google owns these two applications, they are simply the best in their class. Pity, I don’t want to have anything to do with Google.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KALLT Avatar
111 months ago
shame you are missing some of the best iOS apps due to what reason?
Google’s business model and attitude towards user privacy for a start. They are ruthless in their collection of data and I’m not going to hand over a steady supply of GPS data along with persistent identifiers for them to store forever and analyse. This data is too sensitive and Apple promises not to do this. Google Maps is a carrot and stick for what they are really after and for me it isn’t a relationship I want to have.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spink10 Avatar
111 months ago
If there is no Apple Map then iPhone users probably won't receive this update...

Thanks Apple for creating Apple Map.
Very good point
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
miknos Avatar
111 months ago
Good to see Google adding more Waze features. Unfortunately Apple Maps just works decently in US.
Waze is the best (you can see by its ratings) but I HATE having to give the option to ALWAYS use location services. The app is always sneaking your location in the background. Even when you put it to sleep, saying the app won't use data or battery. That's a big lie since you can see the arrow on the top right corner.
Since Waze don't have the option ONLY WHILE USING, I have to turn on before using and disabling after so it doesn't drain my battery and keep giving Google my locations all the time.
That gives you an idea how Google operate. Hoping for Apple to catch up soon so I can give Google the finger ASAP.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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