Google has released a great new update for their Google Maps app, and it is definitely worth a download if you want a bit of extra help in your day-to-day run around. The bulk of the update is the addition of three new tabs, Driving, Transit and Places. These little words might not sound too exciting to you, but believe me, they should be…(let that excitement build….
Okay so maybe the excitement is a little exaggerated, the update is still a worthy must-install. The breakdown what the new features do, we’ll take a look at them in more detail.
First of all, you’ll want to swipe up from the bottom of the screen once you’ve opened Google Maps. This will show the three new tabs that have been added. “Places” is the first one, which will show you all of the important and useful places around your location. This is constantly being updated too, so every time you go somewhere new or if a new building is added, it’ll appear here.
Places covers all sorts from restaurants to ATM’s. This information has always been available by directly searching for it from within the app, but this new intuitive way allows you to see everything cleanly and easily.
Next there is “Driving” which will open up a driving mode for you. It’ll provide you with real-time information about traffic, estimated arrivals times (providing you’ve inputted your home and work addresses) and can give you a lot of useful information throughout your drive. It’s very helpful.
Lastly there is the “Transit” tab which showers you with bus and train timetables and information near your location, or near your home or work address if they’ve been added. It’s perfect to anyone who has to travel via public transport regularly and it’s handy to be able to simply swipe upwards and receive this at your fingertips. You can also narrow down particular routes too if you’re keen on going somewhere specific.
The bottom line is that the update offers some cool ideas that are implemented perfectly, resulting in a clean interface that isn’t intrusive yet is incredibly useful. It’s like having 3 new tools on your device. Well played Google…well played.