Google it was all for Google Maps15th birthday last week. The U.S. tech giant has not only revamped the app's interface, but has also revamped its icon. Although the colossal change started rolling out to users last week, it is now finally available worldwide on Android and iOS.
If you haven't seen the new Google Maps logo, instead of showing a G sign, with a street and a pin, it now shows a single pin with Google's typical shades of green, yellow, blue and red. On iOS, the app has a sparse white background – a trend we're seeing more and more of the giants of Silicon Valley.
If you don't see the new Google Maps logo on the home screen, it's probably worth going to the App Store or Play Store and checking to see if the update can be downloaded manually.
In addition to a new logo, what’s new in the latest edition of Google Maps? Well, first and foremost, Google revamped the tabs displayed at the bottom of the app. You will now see Explore, Commute, Saved, Contribute and Updates. Here is a brief overview of each:
• Explore: looking for a nearby place to have lunch, listen to live music or play arcade games? On the Explore tab, you'll find information, ratings, reviews and more about nearly 200 million places worldwide, including local restaurants, nearby attractions, and city landmarks.
• Travel: If you are traveling by car or public transport, the Travel guide will be there to ensure you are on the most efficient route. Set up your daily commute to get real-time traffic updates, travel times and alternative route suggestions.
• Saved: people have saved over 6.5 billion places on Google Maps – from the city's new bakery to the famous restaurant for the next vacation. Now you can view all of these points in one convenient location, and find and organize plans for your next trip and share recommendations based on where you've been.
• Contribute: hundreds of millions of people each year contribute information that helps keep Google Maps up to date. With the new Contribute tab, you can easily share local knowledge, such as details about roads and addresses, missing locations, reviews and company photos. Each contribution helps a lot to learn about new places and decide what to do.
• Updates: The new Updates tab provides a feed of trends and must-see points from local experts and editors like The Infatuation. In addition to discovering, saving and sharing recommendations with your network, you can also chat directly with companies to get answers to questions.
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Google has made great progress in terms of transporting information on Google Maps – the app already tells you how crowded the train is and can even show the location of your bus or train in some circumstances. The American tech giant doesn't stop there. Google has announced a series of new transportation features that will begin rolling out to Maps next month, ranging from temperature information to labels when security is on board.
Here is an overview of the new transportation features coming to Google Maps:
• Temperature: for a more comfortable ride, check in advance if the temperature is considered by previous users to be on the cooler or warmer side.
• Accessibility: if you have special needs or need additional support, you can identify public transport lines with staff assistance, accessible entrance and seats, accessible stop button or visible hi LED.
• Female section: in regions where public transport systems have designated female sections or coaches, we will help to disseminate this information, as well as the presence of other passengers.
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• Safety on board: feel more secure knowing whether security monitoring is on board – whether with a security guard present, installed security cameras or an available helpline.
• Number of available carriages: in Japan only, you can choose a route based on the number of carriages, to increase your chances of getting a seat.
Finally, Google is also adding a simplified mode to its AR feature for Maps. Soon, users will have the option of displaying a unique pin from their destination, instead of displaying instructions to the left, right and center.
The Mountain View company said the update to Live View will arrive in "the coming months". But it is clear that Express.co.uk will inform you when this update and all new transport features are available in full.