First up is a feature found on many dedicated GPS devices: lane guidance. The feature will present which lane is necessary with current directions and helps you avoid missing important turns.
The next feature will likely appeal to people managing data limits or traveling away from network service. Google Maps is introducing the ability save maps for use offline even easier so you can essentially have a map handy without relying on your network if you know your destination ahead of time. The update also introduces filtered searches for points-of-interest by category, pricing, hours, and more.
Lastly, Google Maps is getting closer to Uber, the app-connected taxi alternative available in certain cities, as it will now feature an Uber button alongside transit and walking directions. Tapping the Uber button will bring you to the Uber app on your smartphone from the Google Maps app. Uber, after all, has financial backing from Google Ventures, its investment wing of the company.
The new version of Google Maps for Android and iOS should roll out to each platform soon.
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