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Google Maps adds Lime scooters to transportation options

Google Maps adds Lime scooters to transportation options

Google Maps already supports quite a few transit options, but today it's getting one more. Google has announced that it's partnering with Lime to show the locations of the latter company's scooters and bikes within Google Maps. The roll out is starting small, but should be expanding to more areas soon.

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Google Maps For You heads to iOS amid major Android expansion

Google Maps For You heads to iOS amid major Android expansion

Over the summer, Google Maps received a whole host of new personalization features. At the center of these is the "For You" tab, which makes recommendations for events to attend and restaurants to visit based on each user's tastes. Today, the For You tab is launching for iOS, around half a year after first arriving on Android.

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Google Maps hashtag support quietly appears on Android

Google Maps hashtag support quietly appears on Android

Google has added support for hashtags to reviews posted on Google Maps. The new support enables users to tag relevant keywords in their reviews, which may then help other users find content that discusses what they are specifically interested in. Someone could tag a restaurant as being #quietandcozy, for example, or #familyfriendly.

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Google Maps speed trap warnings and crash reports appear in test

Google Maps speed trap warnings and crash reports appear in test

Google is testing new features in Google Maps that mirror offerings already available in Waze. The company is looking into both speed trap warnings and crash reports, both of which are already available in its other transportation app. Some users have access to these reports now, though it's unclear how many people are seeing them at this time.

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Google Maps lets you keep tabs on stores instead of them tracking you

Google Maps lets you keep tabs on stores instead of them tracking you

Almost all businesses these days keep track of customers and even just visitors, especially online. Of course, not everyone agrees to this now common practice and disable online tracking, like what Mozilla just provided in the latest Firefox release. Now Google is turning the tables a bit on those businesses. With the new feature in Google Maps’ “For You” tab, users will be able to track stores, locations, and businesses, too. Of course, they’ll only see what store owners want to show them.

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Google Maps real-time ETA sharing feature arrives on iOS

Google Maps real-time ETA sharing feature arrives on iOS

Google has added a new feature to Google Maps for iOS: the ability to send an ETA to someone else. The feature was recently updated for Android users back in August and now it can be used from an iPhone, as well. With it, Google Maps users on iOS can share their live location with contacts in real time, enabling others to see their ETA without waiting for manual updates.

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Google Maps EV charging locations are a genius idea

Google Maps EV charging locations are a genius idea

Google Maps is adding electric vehicle charging station information, promising to make powering up an EV or plug-in hybrid more straightforward. The new functionality is being added to the Google Maps app for iOS and Android today, and will follow on in the desktop version in the coming weeks, Google says.

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Google Maps gets new features to help manage your commute

Google Maps gets new features to help manage your commute

You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who counts their commute as their favorite part of the day. The new features rolling out to Google Maps today probably aren't going to do much to change that, but the hope is that they make commutes a little less miserable or unpredictable. This new Google Maps update includes everything from music streaming integration to a new commute tab that will give you detailed information about what to expect on your drive in.

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Google just made itself your must-have co-pilot

Google just made itself your must-have co-pilot

Most people will agree that vacations are great, but the process of getting them all planned out is not. Between booking a hotel, finding the right price on a flight, and figuring out what to do once you finally get to your destination, there are a lot of moving parts and plenty of potential for frustration. Google is hoping to streamline the trip planning process with a host of new features it's rolling out a variety of different products.

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Google Maps Group Planning launches: Here’s how to use it

Google Maps Group Planning launches: Here’s how to use it

There are few things as enjoyable as going out with friends, but actually getting there is something that can take a lot of debate and discussion. Google is trying to help with that, as it's started rolling out Group Planning in Google Maps. This is a feature that was first announced at Google IO earlier this year, and this week it's arriving on iOS and Android.

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Google Maps for CarPlay released for iOS 12

Google Maps for CarPlay released for iOS 12

Google Maps has navigated its way to CarPlay, with Apple's in-car infotainment interface opening up to Google's app with the arrival of iOS 12. One of the most-requested features of CarPlay since it launched, it means no longer being forced to use Apple Maps when you hook your iPhone up to a compatible in-car infotainment system.

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Google Maps beta for iOS 12 plays nice with CarPlay

Google Maps beta for iOS 12 plays nice with CarPlay

For a time, iOS locked its doors to other web browsers like Firefox unless those used its WebKit web engine. While that is in the past, there are still other parts of Apple’s ecosystem that remain closed off to other players unless they’re to concede some ground to Apple. One of those is CarPlay, which can only use Apple Maps for its navigation. That’s changing in iOS 12 and now Google Maps has a beta that reveals just what it had to do to get in.

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