Google Maps update brings some useful changes to the app

Google Maps update brings some useful changes to the app
Google Maps has been updated to version 9.20. The most important change is one that many Android users have been praying to the smartphone gods for. Have you every used Google Maps to navigate to a location, and in the middle of hearing the directions you receive a phone call? When you pick up the call, the navigation plays in the background while the caller is talking. The result? There is too much noise coming from the speaker as you miss a turn, or make a wrong turn, and end up lost.

But the update to Google Maps does away with this issue by giving you an option to turn off turn-by-turn navigation while on a call. Go to navigation settings and turn off "Play voice during phone calls." This way, when the phone rings, you will hear only the caller.

The update also links your photos and your reviews. This way, when you add your photos of a specific spot, they will show up next to a previous review of the location that you've written. You can also add locations to your timeline, even adding the time and date that you were at that spot.

Finally, the update adds a sign with the name of the street or exit that you are supposed to turn off on. Previously, the name of that street or exit appeared only at the top of the screen.

You can wait for the update to hit your phone, or you can download the APK file, which we are passing on to you in the sourcelink. This is the most useful update to Google Maps that we've seen in some time.


source: GoogleMaps (APK v9.20.0), (GooglePlayStore) via AndroidAuthority

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7 Comments

1. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

street names would be very useful

2. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I still prefer Waze simply because the community where I'm at are very active in reporting what's going on in nearby areas, really helpful in avoiding traffic.

3. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I used to default to Waze too, because Google Maps did not supported my country up until recently, and the community on my country is huge for waze... But now Google has integrated Waze Traffic (and certain reports) to Maps and it is the whole package... So right now Google Maps is the best option for me. Specially since it is integrated with Google Now and I got used to that as well.

4. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Waze is amazing and is google owned so its as good as google map for precision but bring community report i use it all the time :)

6. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

You get the accident reports from Waze in Google Maps. The rest of it is just too much noise when you're driving. And the idea of entering that data into Waze while you're driving is just dangerous.

5. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

HERE any day!

7. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I always have left Google Maps muted, so I didn't know it would interrupt calls. The street/exit name on the maps is nice, but not really necessary except maybe if you have two turns close together.

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