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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.

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.

Google Maps v9.79 gives scores to restaurants based on your personal tastes, prepares Waze-like incident reporting and much more [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Updates to Google Maps have been a bit quieter over the last few months as fewer features come to each update than we're accustomed to. A recent announcement revealed this time has been spent on some cool new predictive features that will help users find restaurants, events, and other places that match their taste and style. The first stage of those new features, scoring for places that match your tastes, is going live now.

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Google Maps v9.79 gives scores to restaurants based on your personal tastes, prepares Waze-like incident reporting and much more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Brazil is getting Android Go devices, Google Maps improvements, and education programs

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Yesterday, at its second annual Google for Brazil event, the company revealed both future plans and updates for its products and services in the country. If you remember, last year Google made a similar set of announcements for Indonesia, and now it's Brazil's turn. The details released cover the range from amusing to useful, with a bit of philanthropic education mixed in, too.

Some of the announcements Google made, like the new World Cup features in Search, aren't really Brazil-exclusive, though they're sure to be popular in the country.

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Brazil is getting Android Go devices, Google Maps improvements, and education programs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Maps v9.78 beta adds visited places to custom lists, prepares profile privacy control and rodízio avoidance in São Paulo [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Welcome a fresh update of Google Maps to the world. Version 9.78 began rolling out to the beta channel last night, and with it comes a few visual tweaks and a cool new feature for custom lists that shows the places you've visited. Turning to the teardown, it looks like Google will be giving contributors a little more visibility and control over their public profiles. Drivers in São Paulo, Brazil will also be getting a useful tool for navigating through or around the rodízio.

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Google Maps v9.78 beta adds visited places to custom lists, prepares profile privacy control and rodízio avoidance in São Paulo [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant coming to Maps this summer

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Even though Google Assistant has been available for nearly two years now, it hasn't been added to the navigation mode on Google Maps. Tapping the microphone icon triggers the older voice search functionality - but that's finally changing. The company announced today that Assistant is finally coming to Maps.

Normally, Google Assistant takes up most of the screen, but that's obviously not ideal for navigation. To fix this, Assistant on Maps will only show a small bar at the bottom.

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Google Assistant coming to Maps this summer was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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