Google Maps UI Update Puts Emphasis on Explore, Driving, and Transit

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If you’re part of the Google Maps beta (and you should be), what I’m about to share may not be news for you, but to anyone not part of the beta, be on the lookout for a new look in Google Maps this week. Detailed by the Google Maps team, they are changing up the driving, navigation, transit, and explore maps to, “better highlight the information most relevant to each experience (think gas stations for navigation, train stations for transit, and so on).” To help sum up ...

Google Search and Maps Now Show You Estimated Wait Times at Restaurants

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It has been almost a year since Google began showing their Popular Times feature in Google Search and Maps, so today, they are adding an additional bit of information to it. As you search for your favorite restaurants in Google, you’ll now see estimated wait times along with the busy indicator. In order to see the new estimated wait times, you’ll simply tap on the hour bars in the Popular Times section, as can be seen in the image above. So not only will you be ...

Finding a Place to Park Sucks, But Google Maps is Making It Better With New “Find Parking” Feature

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When you’re headed to a busy destination, parking can sometimes be a nightmare. Back in January of this year, Google Maps introduced the parking difficulty indicator for select areas, which has been highly beneficial. Today, Google Maps announced a Find Parking feature, which helps you locate parking in congested areas, then provides navigation by foot to your final destination. When you plug a destination into Google Maps, the app will showcase your probability of finding a spot to park. If parking isn’t looking too hot, you ...

Picture-in-Picture Working in Google Maps for Android Oreo Users

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Inside of version 9.60 for Google Maps, Picture-in-Picture (PiP) support appears to be live for folks running Android 8.0. From what we can tell, the best usage of PiP for Google Maps is when you’re already navigating to a destination. Once you’re on your way, you should be able to tap on the Home button, which then brings your navigation into a movable window on the home screen. It’s not the most useful thing ever, but if you need to multitask something, it’s an option. On my ...

Q&A, FAQ Section Rolling Out to Google Maps Listings

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There’s likely been a time when you’ve had a question concerning a place you were thinking about going to. For example, maybe you’re curious about outside seating at a local eatery or want to know about parking at a particular business. Well, Google Maps has a new feature this week, allowing you to ask these important questions with knowledgable users fielding them. The way it works is pretty simple. Simply find the place you have a question about inside of Google Maps, scroll down a bit until ...

Google Maps Now Displaying Traffic Time Graph Inside of Directions

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Google Maps is beginning to display the best time to make those errands, with a time graph being shown directly inside of the directions menu. As an example, let’s say you want to head to the mall. Simply plug in the address, then Google Maps will display the best time for you to go. It could be earlier in the morning or right before the lunch rush. Either way, you’ll know best, provided this graph is based on accumulated traffic data. Here’s a screenshot of what the ...