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Google announces new Maps features for shoppers ahead of the holiday rush

Google rolled out a host of new features for Google Maps last month to help users reduce their carbon footprint. The new sustainability features aimed to help users select eco-friendly routes for their commute, get bike and scooter sharing information, and use the Lite navigation feature while riding a bike. Now, Google is rolling out...

The new Google Maps search widget has started rolling out to some users

Google has been rolling out Material You redesigns for its apps for the last few weeks now. In some apps, like YouTube Music, Google Keep, and Google Drive, Google also added new widgets alongside the design changes. Similarly, Google is also adding a new search widget in Google Maps. We first spotted the in-development widget in...

Reduce your carbon footprint with these new Google Maps and Flights features

In March this year, Google first announced a new Eco-friendly routes feature for Google Maps. The company once again highlighted this feature at I/O 2021 in May and also showcased a new Safer Routing feature. Google is now finally rolling it out to users, along with a host of other sustainability features for other services. New...

Google’s new Address Maker app allows governments to easily create new addresses at scale

Billions of people around the world don't have an address. To tackle this issue, Google has announced a new app called Address Maker, a free service that helps governments and non-profit groups (NGOs) easily create unique addresses for developing communities. With Address Maker, organizations can create unique, functional addresses at scale right from an Android device....

Google Maps for Android will soon add a nifty search widget

At Search On 2021, Google today announced new features aimed at tackling the effects of climate change. For governments, Google announced that it will expand its Tree Canopy insights to more than 100 cities globally next year, which will help them prioritize which areas need tree shade the most. For users, Google is launching a...

Google Maps in Android Auto is now optimized for right-hand drive vehicles

Google Maps on Android Auto is finally addressing a longstanding quirk that always rubbed the right-hand drive vehicles the wrong way. If you live in a country that uses the right-hand drive with left-hand traffic, Google Maps’ Android Auto interface will now provide optimal orientation by placing the navigation bar and other key controls to the...

You can finally launch Assistant Driving Mode without starting navigation

Google first announced Assistant Driving Mode over two years ago at I/O 2019, but it wasn't until late last year that the company actually began rolling out the feature to users. Although initially available in the U.S., the Assistant Driving Mode eventually rolled out to more markets this year, including India, Australia, Canada, and the...

Google Maps may soon show you how much toll roads cost

Google Maps is one of the most useful services Google has to offer and the best part is that it's always getting better with new features and improvements. Case in point: a new feature coming soon to Google Maps will show you toll estimates and other charges you might incur on your route, allowing you...

Spin and Bird partner with Google Maps to show nearby electric bikes and scooters

Bird and Spin, two of the major micro-mobility operators in the US, have teamed up with Google to integrate their rentable electric vehicles with Google Maps, making it easier for users to discover nearby e-scooters and e-bikes. Ford-owned Spin has announced that users in the US, Canada, Germany, Australia, and Spain can now find the nearest...

Google’s redesigned smartwatch apps debut on Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 series

Today at its Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Watch 4 Classic, the first smartwatches to run Wear OS 3, the new version of Wear OS co-developed by Samsung and Google. To coincide with the launch of Samsung's new hardware, Google today unveiled updated versions of its smartwatch apps that...

Google Maps for iOS adds helpful homescreen widgets and a dark mode

Google Maps for iOS has gotten a set of home screen widgets and a dark mode, quite a while after the feature already rolled out on Android. You'll be able to use the feature in the coming weeks, simply by going to settings, tapping on dark mode, and then selecting "on". Google Maps has had...

Google Maps is expanding its mass transit crowdedness predictions

Google Maps introduced mass transit crowdedness predictions back in June 2019. The feature provided commuters with valuable information about how crowded a bus, train, or tube would be before they got on it, helping them plan their daily commute accordingly. At first, the feature was available in 200 cities worldwide, but Google is now expanding...