Google Maps adds in-navigation voice controls and more
posted by Michael H. / Jul 18, 2014, 12:53 PM
phone listening for a new command. This will likely change over time, but it is always better to have hands-free controls when driving and using navigation. The list of commands is solid for a start, and you know we've been hoping for more full-fledged voice controls in apps.The in-navigation controls are something of a mixed bag though. There are new options so you can get more information on upcoming traffic, estimated ETA, alternate routes, or navigate to a new destination. The trouble is that it isn't hands-free. You'll need to tap a small microphone icon on the screen in order to get your
The other change is one that has more of a targeted audience, specifically cyclists. The new version of Google Maps will now display elevations along your biking route. You'll be able to see all of the elevation changes along the way, and how many feet the elevation changes as you go. The elevation data appears to be coming directly from Google as well, and doesn't require that your device has a barometer.
The update is rolling out now, and should hit your device sometime in the next week.
source: Android Central
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Google maps hasn't been the same since the last major update. Example it will put me on another street for 10 seconds as the GPS isn't as accurate anymore,. then it Will recalculate back to the correct street but update my route so its takes the longer route! the older version did not do this before.
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 1:19 PM 0
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If it is showing you on the wrong street, that is because of your phone not the maps software. Basically your location services are reporting your location more loosely than they should. Try enabling wifi when using GPS since having even a disconnected wifi active allows it to triangulate your position using available nearby wifi networks.
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 2:01 PM 5
Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 13, 2012
These all seem like great features but maps is getting a bit fat and bloated. Unless you have one of the newest phones and 100% full signal strength on an unloaded tower, maps takes forever to open. and the "new" Google maps on the desktop is practically unusable, even when my Windows Experience Index is 7.3.
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 1:21 PM 0
Google maps on desktop works fine for me and I have a WEI of 4.8....
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 1:55 PM 0
Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 28, 2014
Apple would say Meh!!!
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 1:22 PM 0
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