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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.

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 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.

Maps on Android Auto is getting a new layout and Material makeover

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

When you're hopping into your car and starting up navigation with Google Maps, you might be in for a surprise as the UI is getting some pretty significant changes. This isn't just about adding rounded corners or tweaking some colors, a few parts of the UI have been moved around and behave a bit differently, so your muscle memory might work against you for a little while as you get adjusted.

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Maps on Android Auto is getting a new layout and Material makeover was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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.

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