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Google Maps’ group planning Shortlist starts showing up for some users

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Summer is over and most Googlers are back at their desk working on releasing features we were promised at I/O 2018 (and making our lives, especially Cody's, a lot more busy). Just in the past couple of days, we've seen Photos' Color Pop effect and Assistant's new visual responses, and now, there's something new in Google Maps too: Shortlists.

You might recall Google mentioning at I/O a group planning feature for Maps where users can create a list of places, share them with a group, and the invitees can vote or add more suggestions.

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Google Maps' group planning Shortlist starts showing up for some users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FYI: Google Maps can suggest parking spots near your destination

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

It can be tough to pinpoint when specific features go live, given Google's perchance for silently flipping switches and subsequent, months-later announcements. In this case, we know Maps has been prepping for near-route parking since early last year, and some time between now and then, (likely around the beginning of this year) that switch was flipped for at least some of us. So, in case you weren't aware, Maps can suggest spots to park while in-route to your destination.

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FYI: Google Maps can suggest parking spots near your destination was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps tests an option to back out of navigation without stopping it, then resume thanks to a ‘Current trip’ shortcut

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

The day is finally here. After whining, asking, begging, and praying, it appears* that the Google Maps team has listened and is working on implementing a way for you to launch navigation, continue using the app as normal, then go back to your directions without interrupting a thing. 

* The asterisk is due to the fact that we've only received one tip about this, and we weren't able to replicate or verify it in any way.

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Google Maps tests an option to back out of navigation without stopping it, then resume thanks to a 'Current trip' shortcut was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps is testing a combined Commute tab to replace Driving and Transit

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

The Google Maps team seems to be trying out different layouts and options for its bottom tabs. Most users have three tabs (Explore, Driving, Transit), in the US and other select countries you also have the For You tab, some users are starting to see another separate tab for the Map, and I just came across this other design with a combined Commute tab.

I was setting up directions on a friend's Android phone (running the latest stable 9.85.2 version) when I noticed something interesting.

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Google Maps is testing a combined Commute tab to replace Driving and Transit was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Why?] Google Maps tests a standalone Map tab, separating it from the driving and transit views

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

You open a maps application, you expect to see a map of where you are. It's common sense, yet we have to start this news article with this pretty basic knowledge bit. The reason? Whoever is behind the latest Google Maps server-side test seems to have missed that "Map app making 101" lesson and went free-styling with their own ideas.

In a limited server-side test (we've only spotted it with three users, two of which have seen it revert back), Google Maps appears to be trying out a separate bottom Map tab.

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[Why?] Google Maps tests a standalone Map tab, separating it from the driving and transit views was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google products in India are gaining support for more languages

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Google has a massive user base in India, but, until recently, there's been a dearth of Google products that support Indian languages. At this year's Google for India event, the company announced that it is taking strides to correct that.

The company, noting that the number of Indian language users on the web is expected to reach 500 million in the next two years, revealed a slew of products that are already or will soon be receiving support for new languages.

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Google products in India are gaining support for more languages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Possible class action lawsuit] Google clarifies its language about Location History settings, but there’s still room for improvement

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Google's location-tracking practices endured a new wave of scrutiny at the start of this week thanks to an investigation by The Associated Press, which put some meat on the bones of suspicion many users have harbored for a while now. By week's end, Google updated some language on the help page for its Location History setting, though its tracking policies remain largely unintelligible for the everyday consumer.

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[Update: Possible class action lawsuit] Google clarifies its language about Location History settings, but there’s still room for improvement was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google clarifies its language about Location History settings, but there’s still room for improvement

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

Google's location-tracking practices endured a new wave of scrutiny at the start of this week thanks to an investigation by The Associated Press, which put some meat on the bones of suspicion many users have harbored for a while now. By week's end, Google updated some language on the help page for its Location History setting, though its tracking policies remain largely unintelligible for the everyday consumer. And to be clear, the company has not changed anything about how it actually tracks the location of its users.

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Google clarifies its language about Location History settings, but there’s still room for improvement was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps now has a ‘3D Globe Mode’ on desktop

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Globes can be had for around $20-30 on Amazon, and they can make for some nice decoration. But if you don't want to cough up that amount of money or you just don't have any space in your home for one, Google Maps now has a '3D Globe Mode' on desktop that you can use to check out our planet with.

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Google Maps now has a '3D Globe Mode' on desktop was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps location sharing shows your contact’s battery level

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Google has gone through several version of location sharing over the years, all the way back to Google Latitude. That feature was inside Maps, but then location sharing moved to Google+. It came back to Maps last year, and an interesting new feature has rolled out. Now, sharing your location also shares your battery level.

We first became aware of the battery sharing feature early this year when some hints popped up in an APK Teardown.

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Google Maps location sharing shows your contact's battery level was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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