The new Google Maps “Go” tab subsumes today’s “Commute” section and significantly expands the functionality. Slotting in between “Explore” and “Saved,” the bottom bar icon shows a subway/train and car. Tapping slides up a sheet, while the map view remains in the top half/background.
Google is making it easier to “navigate to frequently-visited places with just one tap.” Compared to what it’s replacing, users are able to save more locations than just home and work. It also cuts down on having to manually type or pan around.
Access your routes all in one place so you can get the info you need quickly
Drivers can add their favorite destinations for constant access to an estimated time of arrival, live traffic trends, and warnings about route disruptions. Next to each saved place is a shortcut to “Start” navigation.
Meanwhile, public transit riders can pin specific routes to see departure and arrival times, as well as ETAs and any alerts from local agencies.
Multiple routes — using either mode — to a single destination can be pinned to “see which one will get you there most efficiently,” while Google will offer a list of suggested places to save based on your Location History. This new tab will start rolling out to Android and iOS in the coming weeks. Google today also announced:
- Android Auto expands to 36 countries across Europe and beyond, here’s the full list
- Google Play will soon let you send, receive Android apps using Nearby Share
- Gboard’s ’emoji kitchen’ is expanding w/ 14,000+ sticker combinations
- Android ‘Voice Access’ natural language features expand to older versions in beta
- Google wants to offer audio versions of more books using auto-generated narrators
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