Android smartphone users, Google Maps has just got a brand-new look
February 10, 2017
Google is making it easier for users to get information about places and routes in its Google Maps app. The search giant has rolled out an update to its Android app giving it a redesign from up top to bring most of the travelling details in minimal screen taps. The new version of Google Maps is rolling out in phases to Android users.
"Starting today we're rolling out an update to Google Maps on Android that provides helpful everyday info—in real time—at the bottom of your home screen," says Marcus Lowe, product manager at Google Maps.
Now users will be able to see a tab when swiping from the bottom of the screen inside the Google Maps app. The tab will show three sections giving details on nearby restaurants and other locations, travelling time between locations along with traffic and public transportation available in the area.
The 'Places' tab curate lists of places to eat and drink under different segments such as 'best dinners' or 'cheap eats' near you. It is also possible to search for ATMs, Pharmacies, Gas stations and more.
The 'Driving' tab shows you estimated time to travel between home and work. It also tells you the traffic conditions around your area.
The 'Transit' tab in the updated Google Maps section shows you the public transport options between your saved Work and Home locations. "If you're headed somewhere else, you can swipe down to find nearby transit stations along with real-time schedules," said Lowe.
Google last month brought the ability to book an Uber cab directly from the Maps application in India. Not just that, users can check when the driver is en route to the pickup location, contact the driver and monitor trip status from Google Maps itself. The feature is available for both Android and iOS.
Courtesy by Gadgetsnow.com