Google Maps for Android picked up an update recently, bumping it to version 8.1, and comes with several new features and enhancements on board.
Now, users will be able to use voice controls in the navigation mode. You’ll be able to control the app using voice commands when it’s in navigation mode, and find out details such as traffic signs, estimate time it will take to reach your destination and more. There’s a button you need to tap on the screen in the navigation mode, which will allow you to use voice commands.
The update also comes with a very decent feature for those who use bicycles to travel. Now, Google Maps will show elevation map for your route as well, telling you if you have a slope coming on your way. In addition, it also shows you elevation comparisons for multiple routes, showing you which route has the least climbing to do.
Here’s a complete list of features spotted by the folks at Android Police:
- Voice actions in navigation mode (how long until destination, show traffic, etc.)
- Bicycle directions show elevation, including elevation comparison for multiple routes (less climbing!)
- Your Places now appears in slide-out nav menu
- Voice icon replaces the “person” in search bar that used to load Places
- Uber card now shown in the car tab of navigation instead of just public transportation and walking
- ETA no longer in bold type
If you’re a regular Google Maps users, head over to the Google Play Store and update the app. Also let us know if you can spot any other improvement which is not listed above.
Source: Android Police
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