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Google Maps traffic lights update released to Android

Google Maps traffic lights update released to Android

If you're using an Android device that was released in the last few years and you use Google Maps, you're in luck. Today, Google started releasing an update that adds traffic lights to maps. This isn't going to be live in all places around the world right out the gate - this is just the start - but it's a major step toward the hyper-accurate future of a fully mapped globe.

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Google Maps and Search expand ways people can message businesses

Google Maps and Search expand ways people can message businesses

Google pretty much wants Search to be pretty much the one place you get all your Internet-related and sometimes even app-related needs. Want to search for a restaurant? Search. Want to reserve a car? Search. Want to ask what's in stock at Walmart? In the past, you'd have to call the store or at the very least strike up a conversation in Google Maps. Well, now you can do that right from Google Search, too, at least on Android, that is.

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Incognito mode added to Google App for iOS: Maps, YouTube soon

Incognito mode added to Google App for iOS: Maps, YouTube soon

Google's spreading the Incognito Mode experience across more apps than just Chrome in the near future. Today's expansion is for the Google App (aka the Google Search app) for iOS devices. The Google App for your iPhone or iPad now has an Incognito mode via your profile picture. Just press that picture and hold it down for a little bit - it'll give you a fancy set of glasses and mysterious hat, just like a real incognito individual!

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Google will now auto-delete your data – but don’t get complacent

Google will now auto-delete your data – but don’t get complacent

Google's enacted an auto-delete system in their Web & App Activity section of all user accounts. Google Account settings will include an "auto-delete" option by default. It'll be up to you to decide when Google deletes your user info - or if you'd like them to keep your info forever. But don't let that make you think you're good to go forever, automatically! It's not quite that simple.

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Google Maps update adds COVID-19 safety features, border alerts

Google Maps update adds COVID-19 safety features, border alerts

In a move that further solidifies Google Maps' role as de-facto location and guidance system for all smartphones, the company's added a number of safety features to the app. Centering primarily on COVID-19 issues - like social distancing - Google Maps added alerts about important safety-related information as well as a number of public transit health-related insights.

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Google Search and Maps business info is adapting to the new normal

Google Search and Maps business info is adapting to the new normal

The COVID-19 coronavirus has definitely changed the world in more ways than one. Until cures or even at least a vaccine has been discovered, the way we interact with each other and do businesses will have to change and adapt to what is being called the "new normal". For some businesses, that means a change in operations and hours and Google My Business is now giving them more flexibility in how they want to show those changes to customers via Google Search and Google Maps.

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Google Maps Plus Codes make sharing your exact location easier

Google Maps Plus Codes make sharing your exact location easier

Next to Google Search, Maps is one of those Google products that truly changed the way we live. Getting around has become easier and pointing people to locations has become less of a hassle. That, however, usually only applies if you have an exact address at hand that's actually searchable on Google Maps. With the addition of Plus Codes, Google Maps is now offering an alternative way to locate people using the age-old method of longitudes and latitudes.

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Google Maps Accessible Places will show wheelchair-friendly locations

Google Maps Accessible Places will show wheelchair-friendly locations

It may be hard for most people to get around these days but it has always been a gamble for less able people to go out. Although mandated by many laws across the world, accessibility for those with physical handicaps hasn't always been implemented properly and uniformly in places that should. Wheelchair access, for example, is still a hit or miss, which is why Google Maps is now rolling out its latest accessibility feature so that you can check if a location has wheelchair access even before you leave home.

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Google Maps update adds filters for finding takeout and delivery food

Google Maps update adds filters for finding takeout and delivery food

Google has pushed out another Maps update that makes things easier for businesses and consumers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. With this update, Google Maps features two new search filters: Delivery and Takeout. Both are related to food, of course, helping users figure out which restaurants in their city are still taking food orders. The feature is live on mobile.

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Google Maps lets shops share info about COVID-19 changes

Google Maps lets shops share info about COVID-19 changes

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has impacted a number of companies, some of which have been forced to change their hours or certain business operations as a result. Communicating these changes to their customers can be tricky, but here to help is Google Maps. According to Google, businesses can add changes and other adjustments to their profiles.

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Google Maps gets a makeover for its 15th birthday

Google Maps gets a makeover for its 15th birthday

Google Maps is turning 15 years old today, and to celebrate, Google is rolling out an update for the app on iOS and Android. First and foremost, this update gives Google Maps something of a makeover by organizing "everything you need" into five different tabs that appear in a quick access bar at the bottom of the app. Those tabs are Explore, Community, Saved, Contribute, and Updates.

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Google Maps Hacks shows how 99 phones can change traffic flow

Google Maps Hacks shows how 99 phones can change traffic flow

Google Maps has changed the way we navigate the world but its influence actually goes beyond just locating and navigating. A whole flood of new businesses, experiences, and mentalities have grown up around the ability to zoom and pan around more than just a digital version of a map. But, as the cliché goes, with great power comes great responsibility, and one "hack" showed just how easy it was to game Google's system and literally change the flow.

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