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NYPD demands Google stop revealing DUI checkpoints on Maps and Waze

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Water is wet, the sky is blue, and police don't like people reporting speed traps and other law enforcement checkpoints. The New York Police Department sent a cease and desist letter to Google today, demanding that the company stop displaying DUI/DWI checkpoints in its Waze and Maps applications.

"Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant criminal and traffic laws," the NYPD said in a statement.

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NYPD demands Google stop revealing DUI checkpoints on Maps and Waze was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps being used for rampant booze-delivery scam in India, severe lack of moderation to blame

Friday, February 1st, 2019

IRS agents won't ask you to pay back taxes with iTunes gift cards, and unverified images on a Google Maps listing don't necessarily represent the business owner — what seems like common sense to you and I can end up causing a lot of pain and anguish to less discerning individuals. Twitter user @DrunkenPandaman stumbled upon one such instance today, where the Google Maps listings of liquor stores across India are being flooded with thousands of images having phone numbers on them, seemingly promising home delivery for an advance payment — an obvious scam, that seems to be working.

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Google Maps being used for rampant booze-delivery scam in India, severe lack of moderation to blame was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

It’s now a lot easier to find public transit near any location in Google Maps

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

I often use Google Maps and public transport to get around while traveling. During my trips, there's this one missing feature that keeps on puzzling me: why is there no easy way to see public transport stops near me? Or why is there no section in any listing on Maps that shows stations near it? Instead, I have to zoom in and out on the map, trying to figure out what the closest option is.

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It's now a lot easier to find public transit near any location in Google Maps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

It’s now a lot easier to find public transit near any location in Google Maps

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

I often use Google Maps and public transport to get around while traveling. During my trips, there's this one missing feature that keeps on puzzling me: why is there no easy way to see public transport stops near me? Or why is there no section in any listing on Maps that shows stations near it? Instead, I have to zoom in and out on the map, trying to figure out what the closest option is.

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It's now a lot easier to find public transit near any location in Google Maps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps continues its Material makeover with new search interface

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Google Maps' Material transformation is an ongoing process. Over the past couple of months, we've seen one aspect after the other of the app change from the previous Material aesthetic to the new one — colloquially known as Material Design 2.0 or Material Theme. The most recent part of the UI to make the jump is the search interface.

In what seems to be a server-side test (some of us have it, others don't), the Maps app is shedding its previous search UI for a new one.

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Google Maps continues its Material makeover with new search interface was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can finally set a departure time for driving in the Google Maps app on your phone

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Google Maps has seen a lot of UI changes recently that some of us may consider superfluous, or at least not a high priority. But over the past few days, two really important features popped up in the app — speed trap cameras and speed limits while driving — and now there's a third addition. When you're retrieving driving directions, you can - finally - set your departure or arrival time and get an estimation of how long your route will take, via the route options menu.

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You can finally set a departure time for driving in the Google Maps app on your phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps lets you set departure and arrival times for car navigation

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Google Maps has seen a lot of UI changes recently that some of us may consider superfluous, or at least not a high priority. But over the past few days, two really important features popped up in the app — speed trap cameras and speed limits while driving — and now there's a third addition. When you're using car navigation, you can now set your departure or arrival time and get an estimation of how long your route will take.

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Google Maps lets you set departure and arrival times for car navigation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps speed limit feature goes live for some across the United States

Friday, January 18th, 2019

If you've never heard of speed limits popping up in Google Maps, we can't blame you. As of July 2017, Maps' speed limit feature was only confirmed to work in two areas: the San Francisco Bay Area in California and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There's been little news since then, but tonight we received three tips from different parts of the US showing that speed limits were live in Maps.

Back in October, Google actually downgraded the US's speed limit availability from "good data quality and availability" to "approximate data quality or availability." Given that the Bay Area was basically the only place where speed limits on Maps were deployed, the demotion made sense.

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Google Maps speed limit feature goes live for some across the United States was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Speed trap icons and vocal warnings are rolling out on Google Maps for some users

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

For the longest time, users have been bemoaning the lack of Waze-like reports on Google Maps, even though the two apps are technically part of the same company. Things started moving in the right direction when we spotted crash and speed trap reports in Google Maps in November, then again in December, though the feature hasn't rolled out to everyone yet and is still a little flighty in the way it works.

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Speed trap icons and vocal warnings are rolling out on Google Maps for some users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps finally gets usable voice commands with Assistant integration

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Today Google is (finally!) announcing its rollout of real Assistant integration into Google Maps, though it was spotted in testing late last year, and announced at I/O. Gone are the days of limited voice controls in navigation. Soon we'll all be able to harness Google's full Assistant and all its enhanced functionality — from asking to play music, read/reply to messages, sharing Maps' ETA, and even add new stops on your way.

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Google Maps finally gets usable voice commands with Assistant integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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