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Google Maps is showing a new Photos section in the Explore tab

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

With a redesign to bring it in line with the latest Material Design guidelines and a renewed focus on curated content, Google Maps is now a very different beast. The latest addition, spotted by one of our readers, is a Photos section in the Explore tab.

This new card surfaces the 'Latest photos' for the area you're currently in, presumably sourced from those uploaded by users including local guides when out and about.

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Google Maps is showing a new Photos section in the Explore tab 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.

[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 makes it easier for veterans to find jobs, as well as businesses led by other service members

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

As with many other large businesses in the US, you'll find plenty of former military personnel working at Google. Some of them have put their heads together to come up with some ways to make things easier for veterans as they move on to the next phase of their life.

The first new initiative, through Grow with Google, adds new features to a search for "jobs for veterans." Enter your military (MOS) code and Google will surface results for civilian job listings that require a similar skill set.

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Google makes it easier for veterans to find jobs, as well as businesses led by other service members 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.

Satellite view added to Google Maps on Android Auto head units

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Google Maps has had a satellite view available for many years on multiple platforms, but for some reason, it never made its way to the Android Auto app - that is, until now. A reader sent in a tip showcasing satellite view while navigating with his Android Auto-equipped head unit, and it looks exactly as you'd expect.

What Android Auto's satellite view looks like in the cockpit of a Civic Type R going 45mph.

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Satellite view added to Google Maps on Android Auto head units was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google upgrades Maps traffic layer for 6 countries, but downgrades speed limits in 7 others

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

You might not have known this, but people in other countries don't often get the same features in Google Maps as you may. There are only a handful of countries that support all of Maps's coverage details, including the US, UK, Canada, and several European countries. Google recently added/improved the traffic layer to six countries, but downgraded speed limit availability in seven others.

This list was last updated back in February.

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Google upgrades Maps traffic layer for 6 countries, but downgrades speed limits in 7 others was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps now showing Waze-like incident reporting for some

Friday, June 29th, 2018

One of the main differentiators that Waze has over its competitors, including Google Maps, is user interaction. Wazers can report accidents, road closures, police car sightings, and so on, all of which helps other users out. It's what makes the app so popular. However, Google is adding incident reporting to its own Maps app, and it's starting to pop up on people's phones.

These incident reporting prompts had first been mentioned in our Maps v9.79 teardown, but they're now beginning to go live.

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Google Maps now showing Waze-like incident reporting for some was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Measurement tools coming to Google Earth on Chrome and Android

Monday, June 25th, 2018

According to Google, measurement tools have long been the number one feature request for Google Earth. Now, it's finally happening. The company is rolling out its measure tool to the Chrome version of Earth today, and it'll come to Android (and iOS) soon.

The measurement options are straightforward—I don't think we need to go over the concept of measurement, right? The feature is not live on the web yet, but it will appear as a button at the bottom of the left-side panel when it is.

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Measurement tools coming to Google Earth on Chrome and Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

You can no longer book Uber rides inside Google Maps

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Google has removed the ability to book an Uber ride from inside Google Maps. You can still look up the route in Maps and then “request the ride from the Uber app,” Google suggests, but it has removed direct Uber booking without providing a reason.

Google made a big fuss about having the ability to book an Uber through the Maps app when the functionality was added in January 2017.

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You can no longer book Uber rides inside Google Maps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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