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Secret Google Map gesture lets you zoom in with one hand

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Secret Google Map gesture lets you zoom in with one hand
Pssst. Want to know a little secret about Google Maps? There is a secret gesture for the application that allows you to zoom in with just one hand. It is so easy to do that even the most neophyte smartphone user could do this with, well, with one hand tied around his back. Get your phone. This works on both iOS and Android and by the way, this is not an Apple Fool's joke. That ship sailed a few minutes ago. Now get your phone and go to Google Maps. Holding the phone with one hand, take your thumb and double tap on the screen. On the second tap, hold down your finger and slide. Viola! You're zooming in with one hand.

Yes, go ahead and spend the rest of the night testing it out, showing the spouse and kids and even the dog. This is so big that you can even awake your neighbor and show it off. And who knows how many other secret Google gestures are floating around all of those applications. Would you find this more useful than pinch to zoom?

We should note that someone must have known about this, because the video below is dated from last December.

Thanks, Michael F.

source: CarlSednaoui, HackerNews via Gizmodo

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posted on 01 Apr 2013, 23:40 2

1. MrWilli5 (Posts: 72; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)


actually double tap hold it down then pull out works better

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 23:45 12

2. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


this one been there for like 4 or 5 months now :D ...this is so old news :P

posted on 01 Apr 2013, 23:57 2

3. LAKAME_MAN (Posts: 30; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Yeah, I read about this a long while ago.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 00:05 1

4. Raihanpatel111 (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


ya....its really working....nice

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 00:11 1

5. Abbath (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


looks like Michael F just found out about this "new" feature and in his excitement hes he showed this to his spouse, kids, the dog and the whole internet world

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 00:28 1

7. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Alan F.
I think Michael was the first to post about this.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 07:51

18. Abbath (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


opps yes! :)

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 00:11 4

6. mas11 (Posts: 1026; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I thought this was common knowledge for geeks like us, but it's always good to spread the word.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 00:34 4

8. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Not new or secret.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 00:37

9. Xolar (Posts: 57; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


naah,, i still prefer pinch to zoom..

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 00:47 3

10. Gwendir (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Not reading the "What's new" section in app updates doesn't make it secret.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 00:53 5

11. lyndon420 (Posts: 1687; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Doesn't PA's journalists keep tabs on what each other is covering? This was covered (by PA) awhile ago, and this was Google's fix for apple's pinch to zoom 'patent'. In fact...this gave Google the opportunity to make zooming in even easier. This is one example of a patent forcing others (in this case Google) to make an even better experience for us consumers. Thanks apple...your two fingered approach is sooo last years tech. This is Google's way of giving apple 'the finger' to the way apple does things. (big pun intended)

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 01:05

12. Scorpion (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


Well I just had an + button there for one hand occasions, but this seems to be cooler.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 01:09

13. lyndon420 (Posts: 1687; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Of course it's cooler. That + button didn't give you the ability to rotate the screen and change the maps orientation at the same time while zooming.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 01:19

14. BattleBrat (Posts: 1038; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


You know, I like this better than pinch to zoom!

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 03:10 2

15. boosook (Posts: 903; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Secret? LOL! Just because you didn't know, it doesn't mean it's secret! :) It has been introudced some months ago.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 06:35 3

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Lol this is as old as grandma

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 07:24

17. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Hahaha.......

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 08:21 1

19. ilani (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Are you guys joking? lol, its not new, not even by a few months. This predates pinch and zoom! how do you think zooming was done before pinch and zoom? GEEZ!

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 17:10 2

20. tasior (Posts: 173; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


It's neither new nor secret. In fact, when actualisation with this feature was installed, google maps informed user, that there is new functionality, when he/she first opened maps after actualisation. This just prooves that people never read what applications try to tell them. As a programmer, I must admit it makes me a little sad.

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 18:16

21. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Alan...

/facepalm

posted on 02 Apr 2013, 20:32

22. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


Its not a secret. It's been out for a while. You can zoom in AND zoom out by using this method. Single tap + swipe up and single tap + swipe down BOTH work

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