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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 Tim Hardwick
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:...

Google Brings Incognito Mode to Google Maps App for iOS

Monday December 9, 2019 1:23 pm PST by Juli Clover
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...

Google Maps Gains Detailed Voice Guidance for Visually Impaired Users

Friday October 11, 2019 1:17 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
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...

Google Maps Gains 'Live View' Augmented Reality Walking Directions

Thursday August 8, 2019 5:37 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
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 ...

Google Maps Expands Real-Time Bikesharing Info to 23 More Cities

Wednesday July 17, 2019 6:23 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
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 ...

Google Maps for iOS Gains Live Traffic Info for Buses, Transit Crowdedness Predictions

Thursday June 27, 2019 10:52 am PDT by Juli Clover
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 ...

Food Ordering Features Now Available in Google's Mobile Apps

Friday May 24, 2019 3:56 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
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 ...

Google Maps Gains Version of Classic 'Snake' Game for April Fools' Day

Monday April 1, 2019 2:15 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Google Maps has temporarily gained a new trick for April Fools', with users of the mobile app able to play a geographical version of the classic game Snake. To play the game, simply launch the Google Maps app, tap the menu icon in the top-left corner of the interface, then select Play Snake. Pick which city you'd like to play in – options include Cairo, London, San Francisco, São...

Google Maps on iOS Gains 'Follow' Button So You Can Keep Track of Events and Offers From Local Businesses

Thursday February 21, 2019 4:14 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Google Maps this week updated its iOS app with a new "Follow" feature, letting you keep track of events and news from your favorite local restaurants, bakeries, or bars. You can follow a location by searching for it in Google Maps on iOS, and then tapping "Follow" under the hours of operation. After you follow a business, all of their updates then appear in the new "For You" tab of Google...

Google Maps Begins Rolling Out Support for Driver Speed Limits and Speed Traps

Monday January 21, 2019 1:13 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Google is currently rolling out support for road speed limits and speed traps in its navigation app, Google Maps. When drivers are using the app, the speed limit feature shows the speed limit of the road they are driving on in the lower left of the screen. Image via Android Police Speed traps are indicated with a small camera icon and shown on the visible map area. According to Android...

Google Assistant Coming to Google Maps for iOS Today

Tuesday January 8, 2019 10:56 am PST by Juli Clover
Google is adding its Google Assistant feature to the Google Maps apps for iOS and Android, Google announced today. The feature will be available on iPhones starting this afternoon, with Google planning to enable Assistant for Google Maps via an update that's rolling out "shortly." On iOS and Android devices, Google Assistant will allow Google Maps users to control their navigation, reply to ...

Google Maps Expanding 'For You' Recommendations Tab to iOS in Over 40 Countries Today

Monday December 10, 2018 6:47 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Google today announced that its Google Maps app for iOS will be updated today with a new "For You" tab in over 40 countries. "For You" was first announced at Google I/O in May and was initially limited to Android. The feature is designed to "tell you what you need to know about the neighborhoods you care about," such as new restaurants opening nearby, trending spots, and more, based on...

Google Maps Gains Messaging Feature for Users to Chat With Local Businesses

Thursday November 15, 2018 1:31 am PST by Tim Hardwick
A new feature rolling out for Google Maps will allow iOS and Android users to message local businesses with their queries without having to leave the GPS-based navigation app. The feature is an extension of Google's real-time business-to-customer messaging service that the company introduced in select countries last year. Businesses that signed up to the service include a Message button on ...

Google Maps Can Now Help Users Find Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Wednesday October 17, 2018 3:53 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Google has announced it is introducing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to its Maps coverage, allowing EV drivers to see on the map where they can stop to recharge during their journeys. Searching in Google Maps for keywords like "ev charging" or "EV charging stations" will display the nearest supported stations, including information on the types of ports available, charging speeds,...

Google Maps on iPhone Getting New Commuting Features and Apple Music Integration This Week

Monday October 1, 2018 7:06 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Google Maps will soon feature an all-new Commute tab that provides one-tap access to live traffic and transit information. The new tab will tell you if your commute is going to be a normal one, or if you'll need to budget extra time due to things like an accident or heavy traffic. Google is introducing support for mixed-mode commutes that involve both driving and public transit, with helpful ...

Google Maps Makes it Easier to Decide on a Restaurant With New Group Planning Feature

Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:59 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
Google today announced a new group planning feature for Google Maps on iOS and Android, which aims to make it easier for a group of friends to decide on a place to eat. To use the feature, open Google Maps and tap "Restaurants" on the Explore tab. Then long press on any location to add it to a shortlist, shown in a small floating bubble on the lower right side of the screen. Once you add a...

Google Maps App Updated With New Events Section and Elevation Data for Walking and Cycling Routes

Wednesday September 5, 2018 1:20 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Google Maps received an update today that introduces a couple of potentially useful new features, including a new section that lists notable events happening nearby. The new Events section lives at the bottom of the Explore tab, where users can find a variety of things listed depending on what's going on in their location. Google says Events that appear in the new section can include...

Google Maps for iOS Updated With 'Match' Customized Restaurant Recommendations

Monday July 30, 2018 3:18 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Google Maps was today updated with a new "Match" feature that's designed to offer up personalized restaurant recommendations based on a user's customized tastes. The Match option allows users to tap on a food or drink spot to see if they're likely to enjoy a new spot based on past restaurant visiting history. The update also includes a list of how many restaurants have been visited in the...

Google Maps Gaining AR Street View, 'For You' Recommendations, and More

Tuesday May 8, 2018 12:48 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Google today outlined several new features coming to Google Maps at its Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California this morning. First and foremost, this summer, Google Maps will be updated with a new personalized "For You" section that offers up recommendations based on your interests. The Maps app is gaining a dedicated "For You" tab that is designed to "tell you what you...

Google Maps for iOS Gains Restaurant Wait Times, Improved Transit Directions and More

Tuesday March 20, 2018 2:30 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Google Maps for iOS was today updated to version 4.47, introducing new and improved features. When searching for a restaurant using Google Maps, you can now see wait times at more than a million restaurants around the world that will let you know just how long you can expect to wait before being seated. Google says the update also introduces the ability to sort and search through reviews...