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Google Maps now has public transit directions and notifications

Google Maps now has public transit directions and notifications

A small but useful update has been released for Google Maps, one that will be especially useful for those who rely on the app for directions via public transportation. The app now has a step-by-step navigation option when traveling on the train, subway, and bus, as well as notifications when the desired stop is approaching. The new features are now live on both the Android and iOS apps.

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Google Maps Go is now a go for Android Go

Google Maps Go is now a go for Android Go

Google has just recently launched Android Go, the “half-version” of Android meant for phones with even more constrained hardware. But a “lite” Android is just half the equation and you’ll need lite apps to go with it. That was true for Search Go (formerly Search Lite) and Files Go, but there are still a lot of Google apps that need to go on a diet. The newest to join that group is Maps Go, now available on Play Store but not available for anyone. That is, unless you know its secret.

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Google Maps will soon make sure you don’t miss your stop

Google Maps will soon make sure you don’t miss your stop

Google Maps and Waze, both owned by Google, have changed the way many of us travel. Their usefulness, however, has so far been best experienced by those walking or driving themselves. Commuters, sadly, aren’t as lucky. That will change soon, according to TechCrunch,with an update that will make Maps a bit more commuter-friendly, with bus stop notifications and even notifications on your lock screens.

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Google Maps adds two-wheel mode for motorbike routes

Google Maps adds two-wheel mode for motorbike routes

For most Google Maps users, getting directions to a destination comes with three or four options: cars, public transportation, walking, and possibly cycling. For users in India, though, soon to be followed by other countries, there is a fifth option: two-wheeler mode. This new option is represented by an icon resembling a motorcycle, and it is designed for motorbikes which may be capable of taking routes not accessible to cars.

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Android Go isn’t Google’s only gift to India

Android Go isn’t Google’s only gift to India

Not too long ago, major tech companies saw China as the next frontier in business. While that may still be true to some extent, much of the focus has lately been shifted to the growing power that is India. Google and Apple, for example, have been earnestly working with the local government and companies to secure a foothold in the subcontinent. Yesterday, Google launched Android Go, practically “Android Lite”, at its Google for India event. But while that was probably the highlight, it wasn’t the only thing it had in store.

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Google Maps iOS update adds iPhone X support

Google Maps iOS update adds iPhone X support

Google Maps has received an update on iOS that adds support for the iPhone X's display. With the support comes a better experience for iPhone X users, though all iOS users benefit thanks to some bug fixes tossed into the mix. Google hasn't gone into detail about what those bug fixes pertain to, saying only that they improve the user's ability to find new places and travel to them.

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Google Maps redesign promises to make finding places faster

Google Maps redesign promises to make finding places faster

It’s almost hard to imagine these days how we’ve managed to survive the past decades without Google Maps and related services like Waze. But despite their convenience, finding the right spot when and where you need still isn’t as easy or as fast as we may want it. Pending direct Internet-to-brain interface, Google is initiating some changes in Google Maps to cut down on the time your eyes spend scanning the screen for relevant markers. And it does so by lowering the information density as well as color coding markers.

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Google Maps is fixing Street View

Google Maps is fixing Street View

The newest version of Google Maps Street View will have a much more complete view of this planet. Or at least the parts the company's driven to or hiked to or swam through so far. Street View panoramas, specifically, are all about to look a whole lot better for everyone - and that's not even the best part. The best part is - nobody has to go back out and take all of those photos again. Google's fixing everything with computer algorithms!

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The Millennium Falcon was hidden badly : Here’s more Star Wars on Google Maps

The Millennium Falcon was hidden badly : Here’s more Star Wars on Google Maps

Users of Google Maps and lovers of space-spotting Star Wars set pieces will enjoy the appearance of the Millennium Falcon this week in Surrey. The first of two images of the same Star Wars spaceship can be found simply by searching for Longcross Studios Surrey on Google Earth and scrolling to the right. The second Falcon isn't quite so easy to spot.

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Google Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at restaurants

Google Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at restaurants

Google Maps and Search have received some handy new features throughout the year, but this newest addition might be the best one yet. Google revealed today that Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at sit-down restaurants around the world. This will be rolling out as part of the popular times feature, which has been available in Maps and Search for quite some time.

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Google Maps drops its experimental cupcake calorie feature

Google Maps drops its experimental cupcake calorie feature

Google has decided to get rid of the calorie tracking feature it had added to the Google Maps iOS app. The feature crudely estimated the number of calories that would be burned by walking to a location versus driving or taking the bus. Though nifty for those who cared, the feature was heavily criticized for its lack of accuracy and in-your-face nature.

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Google Maps now lets you navigate through our solar system

Google Maps now lets you navigate through our solar system

While we’re probably still dozens of years away from actually getting lost in our travels between planets in our neighborhood, that doesn’t mean we can’t start pretending already. Google Maps was originally created as a way to navigate our own terra firm but has long expanded to ocean depths, volcanoes, and, now, outer space. Google has just added not a few round objects from our solar system, both planets, moons, and one former planet, so you can live out your space-faring fantasies while companies scamper to make that a thing.

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