February 15, 2016

What do you Need to Know About the New Google Maps Update?

By Justin H.

We all know how much Google likes to keep everyone on their toes. At Tek Shouts!, we never know what sort of Google and tech news will hit our desks on a given day, with which we love to put our own tekky spin on.

Today, Google announced that it has given Google Maps quite the makeover. Everyone’s favorite travel app has gotten just a little bit better, as has Google My Maps with their fresh new update…but that’s a story for another day!

Luckily for you, the Tek Team is here to break it all down. Here is everything you need to know about the new update.

Add Places to the Timeline

Many might not know this, but the timeline is not an exclusive feature to social media apps such as Facebook or Twitter. On Google Maps, the timeline will show every location you stopped at, along with photos you took at each spot.

Now, you can go into the slide-out menu and add locations manually! It’s certainly not the most groundbreaking addition to Google Maps’ skill set, but is still nifty. Mom doesn’t believe you were really at the movies on July 12th? BAM! Right on the timeline, mom.

Navigation Improves, Ceases During Phone Calls

Have you ever been using Google Maps to give you turn-by-turn directions to the grocery store and your significant other calls to remind you not to forget the milk, and then quickly changes subjects when she hears that other girl in your car, when it’s really just Google Maps refusing to shutup? No? Just me, then.

Google Maps is no longer that rude friend who refuses to be quiet while you’re on the phone. You can now easily disable this feature in the app’s settings so you don’t get flustered when a call comes in. What a relief!

Not only that, the navigation feature now presents you with names of streets and exits for your turns as opposed to simply showing the line you’re meant to turn on. Now you don’t have to play that weird guessing game to figure out if the upcoming turn is the right one.

Reviews and Photos are One in the Same

I’m not alone in wishing Google Maps reviews were just a little more…how do I say…Yelpy?

Now, my wish has been granted. Not only can you follow users who add photos and reviews of places around the world, the two are now linked. This will result in photos appearing adjacent to a review, allowing people to better explain their experiences at any given location. 
Don’t just tell everyone about how there were one too many bay leaves in your lobster fra diavolo, show them!

If any or all of these new features sound appealing to you, download the update here! Personally, we can’t wait to try it out.

How do you feel about these new Google Maps features? Is there anything you’d like to see added in the next update? Let us know in the comment section!

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