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How to Clear Google Maps Search History on iPhone and iPad

Friday March 26, 2021 3:43 pm PDT by
If you prefer using Google Maps over Apple Maps on your iPhone or iPad, it's useful to know that you have the ability to manage how long your map search history is stored on Google's servers. This article shows you how. When you start typing the name of somewhere in Google Maps, the app throws up suggestions of your recent searches for places and directions, which can be useful if you visit...

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All of Google's Main Apps Now Feature Privacy Labels

Tuesday April 6, 2021 10:45 am PDT by
Four months after Apple first began requiring apps to add App Privacy labels to their App Store listings, Google has finally updated all of its most popular apps with the information, letting people know exactly what data Google is collecting. Google began adding App Privacy labels to its apps in February after months of delaying. Gmail, for example, got App Privacy labels on February 22,...
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Google Maps Announces Indoor AR Navigation and Eco-Friendly Route Options

Tuesday March 30, 2021 4:46 am PDT by
Google today announced several new features coming to Google Maps for iOS and Android this year, including a brand new "Live View" mode that uses AR for navigation inside malls and airports. Live Mode aims to prevent customers from the "awkward moment when you're walking in the opposite direction of where you want to go" by providing directions in AR, right in the app. Google says the new...
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Google Maps Gaining Tools for Drawing Missing Roads, Sharing Photo Updates

Thursday March 11, 2021 9:18 am PST by
Google today announced a number of improvements that are coming to the Google Maps app in the near future, including a tool that makes it easier to highlight missing roads and transportation errors. There's a new road editing tool available on the desktop, accessible by going to maps.google.com. Users can click on the side menu button and select the "Edit the map" option to get to the a...
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Google Maps iOS App Will Soon Let You Pay for Parking and Transit Rides

Thursday February 18, 2021 1:40 am PST by
Google has just rolled out a new pay for parking feature in the U.S. that lets Android users pay for street parking and mass transit fares right from within Google Maps, without having to come in contact with a parking meter or ticket machine. These days, people are upping their hand sanitizing game and avoiding touching public surfaces as much as possible. Thanks to an integration with...
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Google Maps Gains Enhanced Street-Level Detail in Four Major Cities

Tuesday January 19, 2021 1:34 am PST by
Google Maps has quietly been updated to include significantly more detailed street-level information in a handful of key cities around the world. Upon zooming in, Google's maps for Central London, Tokyo, San Francisco, and New York now benefit from shapes and widths that match the scale of roads more accurately. Meanwhile, enhanced graphical representations of sidewalks, crosswalks,...
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Google Maps Gains Real-Time 'Crowdedness' Transit Data, Live Food Delivery Status, and More

Tuesday November 17, 2020 2:57 am PST by
Google Maps gained three new features today to help users stay safe amid the coronavirus pandemic, including an expansion of its live transit "crowdedness" status information. Crowdedness data shows the real-time state of transit lines when users look up directions. The information is crowdsourced and relies on in-app feedback from users. Before today, Google Maps only showed the data for...
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Google Maps to Gain New 'Live View' AR Features

Friday October 2, 2020 2:25 am PDT by
Live View in Google Maps uses your iPhone's camera and GPS to provide augmented reality directions when you're walking somewhere, and this week Google announced that it's enhancing the feature and making it available in additional transit scenarios. In Live View, arrows, directions, and distance markers are placed right on top of your surroundings to visualize your destination in the real...
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Google Maps for Apple Watch Now Live With Latest Update

Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:14 pm PDT by
Google in August announced the launch of a new Google Maps app that's designed for the Apple Watch, and at the time, Google said that it would be rolling out "in the coming weeks." The Apple Watch app has gone live based on reports from Reddit users who downloaded the latest iPhone update and were able to install the Google Maps app on the Apple Watch. The Google Maps app for Apple Watch...
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Google Maps Gaining More Detail With New Color-Mapping Algorithmic Technique

Tuesday August 18, 2020 9:37 am PDT by
Google today announced a major update for Google Maps, which will see the feature gaining more detail and granularity to better highlight natural features and terrain. Google is introducing a new color-mapping algorithmic technique that can take the high-definition satellite imagery used for Google Maps and turn it into what Google says is a "comprehensive, vibrant map of an area at a global ...
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Google Maps Debuts New Apple Watch App and CarPlay Features

Monday August 10, 2020 9:16 am PDT by
Google today announced the launch of several features for Google Maps on Apple products, including new CarPlay functionality and a new Google Maps app that works on Apple Watch. The new Google Maps app for Apple Watch works similarly to the iOS app, allowing Apple Watch owners to get directions for a car, bike, public transit, or on foot. The app supports estimated arrival times and...
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Google Maps Gains Docked Bikeshare Directions in 10 Cities

Tuesday July 21, 2020 1:52 am PDT by
Google is rolling out new bike sharing information as part of its cycling route coverage in Google Maps. The new feature means users will be able to get directions using rented bikes from docked bike-share schemes like Divvy in Chicago and Santander Cycles in London. The new functionality means it will be possible to get end-to-end navigation routes that include walking directions to get to...
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Google Maps Rolls Out COVID-19 Transit and Driving Route Alerts

Tuesday June 9, 2020 3:11 am PDT by
Google has rolled out several new transit features to Google Maps on iOS and Android that aim to help users travel safely as lockdown measures gradually ease in some countries following the coronavirus pandemic. The latest version of Google Maps alerts users whose travel will be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, including requirements like wearing a mask on public transport and whether a...
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Google Maps Increases Visibility of Wheelchair-Friendly Locations

Friday May 22, 2020 3:08 am PDT by
Google is currently rolling out an update for Google Maps that aims to make it easier for wheelchair users to get information about the accessibility of locations. By enabling the app's Accessible Places feature, users can benefit from increased visibility of businesses and places of interest on the map that are marked as wheelchair-accessible, including whether a location has accessible...
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Google Maps Gains New Navigation System, Crowd-Sourced Transit Info, and More

Thursday February 6, 2020 2:56 am PST by
This week marks 15 years since Google Maps first launched, and Google is celebrating with some notable new features and updates for the mapping service app on iOS and Android. The five tabs on the new Google Maps navigation screen Starting today, the Google Maps will feature a new navigation system across the bottom of the interface including five icons, two of which are completely new:...
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Google Brings Incognito Mode to Google Maps App for iOS

Monday December 9, 2019 1:23 pm PST by
Google today announced that it is extending Incognito mode to Google Maps on iOS devices, allowing users to look for directions privately without that information being saved to a Google Account. Google introduced Incognito mode for Android devices earlier this year as part of a 2019 focus on making it easier to control, manage, and delete Location History information. When you make a...
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Google Maps Gains Detailed Voice Guidance for Visually Impaired Users

Friday October 11, 2019 1:17 am PDT by
Google Maps has gained a new detailed voice guidance feature to help users with impaired vision get where they're going to on foot. With a launch timed to honor World Sight Day, the feature continually reminds the user that they're on the correct route, the distance until their next turn and the direction they're walking in. Detailed voice guidance also provides the user with warnings...
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Google Maps Gains 'Live View' Augmented Reality Walking Directions

Thursday August 8, 2019 5:37 am PDT by
Augmented reality walking directions in Google Maps got a step closer today with news that a beta version of the AR feature will be rolling out to users of the app over the next couple of weeks (via TechCrunch). Google revealed AR walking directions earlier this year, when it launched an early alpha mode for Google Pixel owners and users of Google Maps Local Guides, but now it's making the ...
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Google Maps Expands Real-Time Bikesharing Info to 23 More Cities

Wednesday July 17, 2019 6:23 am PDT by
Google Maps this week expanded real-time bikesharing information to 23 additional cities in 16 countries around the world. In addition to New York City, the feature is now available in Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, New Taipei City, Rio de Janeiro, the San Francisco Bay Area, São ...
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Google Maps for iOS Gains Live Traffic Info for Buses, Transit Crowdedness Predictions

Thursday June 27, 2019 10:52 am PDT by
Google today announced a major update for Google Maps on both Android and iOS, introducing new transit-related features. Google Maps will now provide details on live traffic delays for buses in places where real-time information doesn't exist from local transit agencies, which will let Maps users see if a bus will be late, how long the delay might be, and how long travel might take. Me ...
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Food Ordering Features Now Available in Google's Mobile Apps

Friday May 24, 2019 3:56 am PDT by
Google has incorporated food ordering features into its mobile apps, allowing iOS and Android users to order food directly from a range of companies without having to install an additional app or visit a website. The functionality is available across U.S. cities in Google Search, Google Maps, and Google Assistant apps, and works through partnerships with existing delivery companies including ...