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July 16, 2017

Google Maps will now tell you the best time of day to leave for your destination

Google Maps is an awesome tool to help you get where you want to go. And now, in addition to giving you travel time information, it will also let you know when the best time to leave is.

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Here’s how it works: just search for any destination in Google Maps, pull up the Route Info screen from the bottom and you’ll not only see your travel time estimate on the top, you’ll also see a bar graph telling you when you should leave. The bar graph will either be highlighted in green, yellow, or red to indicate traffic conditions.

As you can see in the screenshots below, Maps tells me [...]

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July 3, 2017

Navigation Wars: Google Maps vs Waze vs Apple Maps

If we look back to the dawn of the smartphone, one of the main draws was their GPS chips and ability to offer on-the-go navigation. No longer were we beholden to sites like MapQuest (which still exists as a mobile app, by the way) and printing directions on actual, physical paper. Instead, we could open up our maps app, input a destination, and receive live, turn-by-turn directions.

It was like a pocket-sized Marco Polo, Chris Columbus, or Ferdinand Magellan had become your permanent wingman and was surely a death-dealing blow to paper maps. But it didn’t stop there.

After we gained the ability to navigate via our smartphones, it became a question of which [...]

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May 12, 2017

Google Maps rolls out integrated Street View images in turn-by-turn directions

Google Maps offers turn-by-turn directions for getting you exactly where you want to go. However, sometimes those directions can be hard to figure out if a location for a turn has a more complex intersection. Now, a new server-side update for the Android version adds a feature made to fix this problem; Street View pictures that have been integrated in those turn-by-turn directions.

See also: How to use your Google Maps offline March 21, 2017

This feature was first spotted by Android Police, and TechCrunch has since confirmed it is available worldwide for all Android Google Maps users.  Now, when you view the turn-by-turn directions in the app, you [...]

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April 28, 2017

Sundar Pichai hints ads might be coming to Google Maps soon

Although Google Maps is one of the company’s most popular services, it definitely isn’t the most profitable one. Speaking to a Wall Street analyst, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, confirmed the search giant’s plans to start generating more money with Maps. Well, sort of.

When asked about the company’s potential plans on this topic, Sundar Pichai mentioned a few things that hint at what we can expect to see in Google Maps in the future. He said that the service has been improved over the last few months, as it now offers a lot more info regarding the things you can do and great places to eat around your location. The CEO sees this as a great option to add more value to [...]

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