Google Maps is pretty handy when it comes to users searching for restaurants, gas stations, hospitals, pharmacies, and so on. Now in a bid to help fight the opioid crisis, Google has announced that Google Maps and Search will start to list disposal sites where users will be able to safely dispose of their medication or drugs.
Not a fan of Google storing your location history while using Google Maps? That’s actually a feature that some are finding to be a bit invasive in terms of privacy, but the good news is that in an upcoming Google Maps update, Google will make it so that the app will automatically delete location history on a periodic basis.
Google revealed augmented reality-powered navigation in Maps last year and it has now got around to rolling out the feature. It’s doing that at a very limited rate, though. Google Maps AR navigation is currently being tested with Local Guides only, they’re the community reviewers that provide information about places and points of interest listed in Maps.
Speed traps are designed to catch drivers who are speeding when they are not supposed to. While we shouldn’t be speeding in the first place, sometimes being over by a little is enough to trigger these cameras which results in a fine that many probably would have liked to avoid in the first place.
Google Assistant has been slowly making its way into various Google apps and services, but yet one app that was obviously missing Google Assistant was Google Maps. The company did announce last year that its mapping application would be getting support from Google Assistant, but it seems to have taken a bit longer than expected.
#CES2019 – Samsung has tossed their hat into the digital assistant ring when they launched Bixby, although initial impressions of the software weren’t particularly positive as many felt it was still lacking. However at CES 2019, Samsung announced that they would be expanding Bixby’s capabilities thanks to partnerships with various tech companies such as Google.
Electric bikes and scooters are increasingly being adopted as cheaper means of urban transportation in cities across the United States. They can help you get someplace where it would take you 15 minutes to walk in half the time. You may have to wait for much longer to catch the next bus or get a ride-share, so to plug that last mile, Google Maps will show scooters and bikes from […]
One of the features of Google Maps is that it helps you find places that you need to go to, however for Google Maps users on iOS, it seems that Google has recently rolled out a new feature in the form of the “For You” tab. This is actually not a new feature and was available on Android, but now it has since expanded to iOS devices.
While not exactly a huge problem, one of the things that Google Maps could stand to be improved upon was its placement of Google Assistant, where before it was too obvious and could be considered slightly distracting. However that seems to have changed in a recent update which has made Google Assistant’s presence in Maps more discreet.
Say you’re trying to plan a surprise party for a friend or family member, and you need to let your guests know that you are on the way back. One of the ways you can do so is by sharing your ETA with them, a feature which Google Maps had recently launched. However what if you weren’t driving? What if you were taking the bus or train?
Hashtags are a quick and simple way for posts made on social media to be categorized. For example couples sometimes create their own hashtags when they get married so that when they browse Instagram, they can quickly locate photos taken at their wedding by friends and family.
Google allowed users in select countries to message businesses from the Business Profiles on Google. This allowed them to ask a business questions without having to make a phone call. It’s taking this one step further by displaying messages with the business you connect with through Business Profiles within the Google Maps app.
One of the main differences between Google Maps and Waze, despite Google owning both of them, is that Waze comes with more detailed information that some drivers might find useful or important. For example Waze lets users report accidents so that drivers know which routes to avoid.
Want to know if your favorite store is having a sale? Or want to know when a particularly hyped-up restaurant/cafe/bar is finally opening? Social media is generally a good place to find out that kind of information, but Google has since introduced a new way for you to get information about those kind of things.
Sharing your location with mapping apps isn’t new, and for the most part usually this is a static feature meaning that you share your current location only, and if you were to leave it will not update. However the good news for iOS users is that if you wanted a more dynamic way of sharing your location, Google Maps has been updated to do just that.
Searching and locating a gas station on Google Maps is pretty easy. However as we’re seeing more car owners make the shift towards electric or plug-in hybrids, it means that instead of searching for gas stations, these drivers are now searching for EV charging stations instead, which at the moment aren’t quite as ubiquitous just yet.
We’ve seen how Google Maps, especially its Street View feature, capture some pretty funny and sometimes disturbing images. It is also pretty fun when you browse Street View and you see yourself or someone that you know, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case for a husband in Peru where through Street View, he caught his wife cheating on him.
Google is rolling out a couple of new features today to help make your daily commute easier. This will enable users to plan ahead and prepare for the inevitable disruptions that can disrupt their daily commute and add to the stress levels. It’s also adding music controls to the app.
The other day it was reported that Google’s Decide with Friends feature was rolling out for some users. For those who weren’t part of that initial wave, you’ll be pleased to learn that the feature is now rolling out for everyone, as announced by Google on their blog in which they detail the feature which basically lets users plan outings and events in a group.
We’re sure many of us have organized outings and meetings with friends, but because everyone has different tastes and preferences, sometimes it can be hard to decide which bar to go to, which restaurant to eat at, and so on. Google is now making it easier by rolling out its “Decide with friends” feature.