Google Maps Adds Tighter Integration with Google Calendar

Google Maps Adds Tighter Integration with Google Calendar

Oct 14, 2016

Google’s Maps – Navigation & Transit is getting better interlinking with Calendar and Gmail in its latest update.

Now, when one visits “Your Places” in the app and proceeds to the “UPCOMING” tab, future events (and data like hotel reservations should show up. It pulls the information from Google Calendar and Gmail.

Also on tap is the ability to see food and drink photos in a business’s details and photo gallery; this should be great for, say, eateries.

Lastly, reduced bandwith is used for place details on 2G/3G networks.

The app remains free on the Play Store.

“Catching Pokémon” Gets Added as Activity Type in Google Maps

“Catching Pokémon” Gets Added as Activity Type in Google Maps

Sep 7, 2016

Are you a Pokémon GO trainer? Do use Google Maps? Then the update that the latter is undergoing should be very welcome.

Per Google Play:

• Add “catching Pokémon” as an activity type in your Timeline to remember the times and places you caught them

Google Maps remains free on the Play Store.

Google Maps Receives Update

Google Maps Receives Update

Jun 20, 2016

Maps is getting more features:

WHAT’S NEW

• See and suggest descriptions of places including features, atmosphere and amenities.

Google Maps remains free.

Google Maps Update Brings ‘Search-Along’ Feature to Cycling and Walking

Google Maps Update Brings ‘Search-Along’ Feature to Cycling and Walking

May 29, 2016

After bringing the invaluable search along feature — which allows one to search for entities along a mapped route — to car navigation, Google Maps is adding the same to its walking and cycling options via an update rolling out now.

Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

• Search along the route in bicycling and walking navigation.

Google Maps remains available for free, and the update is out now.

Google Maps Gets an update

Google Maps Gets an update

Apr 8, 2016

Maps is getting a simple update:

• An enhanced Photo Gallery for places that now includes 360-degree images

Maps remains free on Google Play

Google Maps adds Ride Tab and More

Google Maps adds Ride Tab and More

Mar 20, 2016

Google Maps is getting smarter and more helpful with its latest update.

The current rollout notably brings a new ride tab — now, one can compare prices from Uber and such on the go.

Per Google Play:

• New dedicated ride services tab. Compare pickup times and prices of Uber, 99Taxis, Ola Cabs, Hailo, MyTaxi and Gett.
• Give your home and work a personalized look with new customized icons.
• See how much you’ve walked or how far you’ve driven in your timeline.

Google Maps remains free on Google Play.

Google Maps Gets New Features

Google Maps Gets New Features

Feb 14, 2016

Maps, Google’s preeminent mobile navigation utility, is receiving an update that is available to users now.

WHAT’S NEW

• Callouts for the current street/road and next turn in navigation
• Walking man becomes a hiker on Directions screen when distance is far
• Suggestions for editing Home and Work now include points of interests, in addition to addresses

Maps is available for free.

Google Maps Adds More Offline Functionality via Update

Google Maps Adds More Offline Functionality via Update

Dec 4, 2015

Anchor mobile navigation tool Google Maps has been picking up some serious enhancements, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping; it’s latest update, which is rolling out now, brings even more goodies.

Per its Google Play page, it is adding the ability to search and navigate offline, calculate distances between two map locations and show the price of different grades of gasoline in the US.

WHAT’S NEW

• Get directions, search for places and navigate offline
• Measure distance between points on a map
• Prices for different grades of gasoline (ie Premium, Midgrade, Regular) in the US
• Bug Fixes

Google Maps remains free on the Play Store.

[via Google Play]

Google Maps Adds Search-Along Feature

Google Maps Adds Search-Along Feature

Oct 26, 2015

When it comes to anchor apps, Google Maps all but defines the term for a lot of people; it is almost certainly the preeminent navigation utility on mobile today.

On Android, it is especially appreciated, and is getting even better with an update that is rolling out now.

Most prominently, it now allows users to search along a current route. Per the Google Lat Long blog post detailing the enhancements:

When you’re driving in navigation mode and you get that call from your spouse to pick up some more milk on your drive home or if you’re on a road trip and want to find a great restaurant option along your route, simply tap the magnifying glass at the top right corner of the screen. You’ll see a drop-down menu with helpful options, like gas stations, grocery stores, or restaurants. If the drop-down options aren’t what you need, you can always add a detour to your favorite coffee shop by tapping the search icon or by using voice commands.

Google Maps remains free on Google Play.

[via Google Lat Long Blog]

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Google Maps Gets New Logo and More via Update

Google Maps Gets New Logo and More via Update

Sep 2, 2015

Google’s veritable mobile mapping utility Maps is getting some update love, and the new build is bringing a refresh to visually and under the hood.

Most prominently, we get a new logo; the new one retains the well-known color scheme, but adds in a new element.

Next, we get a fun feature: the ability to compare ETAs across different travel modes. In other words, when one plugs in an address (or otherwise accesses a destination), Google Maps will let one compare travel times for walking, biking, public transit and driving. This can be useful in any number of scenarios.

Finally, we get the ubiquitous bug fixes.

Google Maps continues to get better with every iteration; it remains free on Google Play.

[via Google Play]

Google Maps Adds Full Navigation Support for Android Wear and More via Update

Google Maps Adds Full Navigation Support for Android Wear and More via Update

May 22, 2015

Google Maps is getting a pretty interesting update that, among other things, ups the functionality of the premier mobile navigation utility with Android Wear.

Also notable is new ability to receive audio traffic alerts during navigation, and traffic descriptions that help with pre-drive planning.

Officially, per Google Play, the updates are below:

What’s New
• Full screen Maps and navigation support for Android Wear. Know where you are and what’s around you with Google Maps at a glance of your wrist.
• Spoken traffic alerts in Navigation tell you about congestion and incidents on your route. Traffic descriptions give you a summary of traffic before you drive.
• New Transit directions when you’re in a city. Easily compare routes and see in next departures (available in certain cities).
• Bug Fixes

Google Maps is available for free on Google Play.

[Source: Google Play]

Google Maps Gets Zagat Search Functionality and More in Update

Google Maps Gets Zagat Search Functionality and More in Update

Mar 23, 2015

Google Maps is getting yet another update.

What’s New
• Filter search results for Zagat-rated restaurants (where available)
• See transit line colors on the map when you get transit directions
• Bug Fixes

Google Maps remains free.