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Google Maps will soon let you directly message businesses inside the app

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Long a staple of popular business directories like Yelp and Facebook, communicating directly with a business has been a curious omission from Google Maps for years now. While an attempt to integrate such functionality via the ill-fated Allo chat platform began last year, that obviously didn't pan out, and prior to that Google only allowed rudimentary messaging via business profiles on Google+ (which is also dying). Now, direct messaging support is coming inside the Google Maps app, which is really the only place it should have been to begin with, if you ask us.

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Google Maps will soon let you directly message businesses inside the app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can now follow businesses in Google Maps for Android

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Do you have some favorite haunts around town? Well, now you can do more than star or save them in Maps—you can also follow them. Following a business gets you updates on events and promotions inside Maps. This feature is rolling out today on Android only.

You will see follow buttons in Maps at the top of a location's info page. After following a location, Maps will start populating your "For you" tab with events, special offers, and other updates.

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You can now follow businesses in Google Maps for Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google to embed user-friendly data privacy controls into Search, Maps, and more

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

It seems like a new data privacy scandal crops up every day for some major tech company or another (okay, mostly Facebook) — but Google is working to opt out of that pattern. The tech giant has announced that it is building data privacy controls — and clear explanations of what it does with user data — into Search itself, on both desktop and mobile. Additionally, it notes that it'll give the same treatment to Maps next year, along with "many other Google products."

The change comes not long after a mini-scandal erupted over poor wording on Google's support page regarding how and when it tracks users' location data.

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Google to embed user-friendly data privacy controls into Search, Maps, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps downgrades speed limits accuracy in the USA (plus 25 more countries), adds biking directions in 3 countries

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Any maps app thrives on accuracy. Incorrect data should be removed, fixed quickly, or at least it should be marked as such. The Google Maps team keeps a list of its coverage details with markers for availability and data quality, and updates it every now and then to reflect the current state of affairs. Since the last change in July, some improvements have been made, but also some countries have had their data markers downgraded.

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Google Maps downgrades speed limits accuracy in the USA (plus 25 more countries), adds biking directions in 3 countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps downgrades speed limits accuracy in the USA (plus 25 more countries), adds biking directions in 3 countries

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Any maps app thrives on accuracy. Incorrect data should be removed, fixed quickly, or at least it should be marked as such. The Google Maps team keeps a list of its coverage details with markers for availability and data quality, and updates it every now and then to reflect the current state of affairs. Since the last change in July, some improvements have been made, but also some countries have had their data markers downgraded.

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Google Maps downgrades speed limits accuracy in the USA (plus 25 more countries), adds biking directions in 3 countries was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps rolling out photo dish tagging for restaurant listings

Friday, October 19th, 2018

It's been two years since Cody first started spotting signs of Google Maps' dish recommendations for restaurant listings. Ever since, we've known food reviews and photos were coming as well as tagging, prices, and more details. Now, it looks like Maps may be gearing up to roll out one aspect of this: tagging dishes.

A new Google Maps support page explains that you'll soon be able to view photos of specific dishes on the menu in a restaurant listing, add your own pics, and report incorrect dishes.

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Google Maps rolling out photo dish tagging for restaurant listings was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps on Android can now share trip progress via other apps

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Google finally brought location sharing back to Maps in 2017, and it's getting more useful today. Well, in the latest version of Maps, which started rolling out a few days ago. You can now share your trip progress via third-party apps. Plus, trip sharing works on iOS just in case you should ever find yourself holding an iPhone for some reason.

To share your trip progress, tap the up arrow (^) in Maps while navigating.

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Google Maps on Android can now share trip progress via other apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps is making it easier to find electric vehicle charging stations

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Electric vehicles still make up a relatively small portion of cars on the road, and places to refuel them aren't nearly as ubiquitous as gas stations. Google is taking steps to make living an EV lifestyle a little less of a pain, adding new information about charging stations to Google Maps starting this week.

When you search a term like "EV station" or "electric vehicle chargers," Maps will turn up results of exactly that, complete with little EV charger icons.

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Google Maps is making it easier to find electric vehicle charging stations was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps to put star ratings right on the map

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Everyone's favorite Map app has gone through some pretty major design changes in recent months, but smaller adjustments happen all the time that could easily go unnoticed. The most recent of those that we've been made aware of is the introduction of star ratings for bars and restaurants right in the map view.

 

Before and after, with added stardust.

Our APK teardown master Cody first spotted it a few weeks ago, but now it seems to be rolling out more widely.

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Google Maps to put star ratings right on the map was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps overhauls hotel listings with price and location insights, reviews from other services, but removes some important features

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Recently, Google announced many new features coming to its travel planning services, including flight and hotel insights. Those changes are only a small part of the overhauled hotel listing layout that's rolling out to Google Maps right now. While the design appears to be cosmetic at first, with plenty of the new Material accents everywhere, you can quickly spot many useful new additions as well as some very worrying feature removals.

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Google Maps overhauls hotel listings with price and location insights, reviews from other services, but removes some important features was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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