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Google Maps will use your camera to determine your location more accurately

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Have you ever come out of the subway running late for a meeting with no clue which way you're supposed to go? Sure, Maps will tell you how to get to your appointment, but only if it's aware of where you are and what direction you're facing. Sometimes it "thinks" it knows these, even though the data it's being fed is inaccurate. You're then in for some impromptu outdoor trivia: Try to figure out which path to follow by checking if the blue dot is moving in the same direction you're supposed to.

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Google Maps will use your camera to determine your location more accurately was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps is finally getting that crazy AR walking navigation, testing with Local Guides

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Back in May, Google showcased an innovative navigation system that leveraged the phone's camera to provide augmented reality GPS guidance. Although the demo was very promising, the feature wasn't expected to be immediately available, even for testing. However, the company is now letting select people, mostly Local Guides with access to a preview version of Maps, use the feature, and David Pierce from the Wall Street Journal was among the lucky ones to give it a first try.

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Google Maps is finally getting that crazy AR walking navigation, testing with Local Guides was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Weekend poll: Which do you use more, Google Maps or Waze?

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

In the last week, Google Maps has been rolling out some welcome navigational improvements. We've got support for speed limits and speed traps, now, both of which sound pretty familiar. As this Waze-ification of Maps continues, we realize we've never actually asked our readers: Which of the two apps do you use more?

I strongly suspect there's going to be a geographic divide when it comes to use between the two, but I don't know precisely where it might land.

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Weekend poll: Which do you use more, Google Maps or Waze? 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.

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.

Google’s Find My Device can now map out exactly where you left your phone inside some buildings

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Find My Device is a lifesaver feature for the absentminded among us. Even if you've just left your phone in the couch cushions, you can use the feature to ring it. Now, the service has picked up a new feature that can help in more dire circumstances: it can now show where your phone is on an indoor map of some large buildings, like malls and airports.

Google's been messing around with indoor maps for years; you can check the layout of many department stores and other large indoor spaces in Google Maps.

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Google's Find My Device can now map out exactly where you left your phone inside some buildings was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is testing crash and speed trap reporting in Maps

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Ever since Google bought Waze, we've been waiting for some of its more popular features to worm their way into Maps. A few months back, we got a hint from an APK Teardown that Google was preparing to add incident reports to Maps. Now, this feature seems to be appearing for at least some Maps users.

At least one person on Reddit has noticed this feature in addition to our tipster, but the functionality is probably only showing up for a small number of users.

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Google is testing crash and speed trap reporting in Maps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps revamps navigation settings, lets you force the dark color scheme all the time

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Google Maps keeps on rolling one change after the other. In October alone, we've seen the new Commute tab and music controls, overhauled hotel listings, star ratings on the map, EV charging stationsdish tagging, and more. But there's one more change that was spotted a couple of weeks ago that we would have missed if it weren't for our active tipsters: a revamped settings screen for navigation.

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Google Maps revamps navigation settings, lets you force the dark color scheme all the time was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Red Dead Redemption II Companion app can help you navigate the fictional frontier

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Red Dead Redemption II dropped at midnight on Friday, so if you're reading this, you've probably already put somewhere between a few and 40 hours into it. But in a game of this scale, there's plenty to see, and developer Rockstar Games has released a companion app for smartphones and tablets that'll help you find your way around.

RDR2: Companion, as its Play Store listing calls it, packs a number of useful features, including user manuals for either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version of the game, as well as the option to display certain HUD elements or a live game map on your secondary device's screen, Wii U-style.

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The Red Dead Redemption II Companion app can help you navigate the fictional frontier 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.

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