Update to Google Maps for Android adds information about where you're heading

Update to Google Maps for Android adds information about where you're heading
With the turn-by-turn directions and traffic information, Google Maps has become an indispensable tool used by drivers to make sure that they arrive at the correct destination. And while Google Maps gives you information about your drive, including an estimated time of arrival, the app focuses on how you are getting to where you are going. It didn't tell you much about your destination. That is, until now.

An update to Google Maps for Android is rolling out, and adds information about your destination, or any place that you look up. You will know the time and the current weather at the location where you are heading to. The latter is certainly important. If you are driving somewhere, it would be nice to know if you need an umbrella, or a sweater, when you exit the car. And Google Maps will also provide you with some fun facts about your destination. That could certainly give you some ammunition to help liven up a dull dinner or party.

The update will also allow you to say "show traffic" or "hide traffic" if you want to see or remove such data from your screen. This way, you can have this information appear or disappear on a map without having to fumble with your phone while you are driving. Additionally, some strings were discovered that point to a couple of features that might not show up until a future update. For example, Google Maps will let you know how much time you can save by re-routing the navigation to your current destination. There also will be transit schedule alerts, giving you the word on early and late arriving trains and buses.

The new version of Google Maps takes it to version 9.1. If you don't want to wait for the update, you can install the APK yourself by clicking on the sourcelink.


source: APKMirror via AndroidPolice, BGR

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16 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google getting too personal herr

2. Numz

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

Not sure how showing public information about a destination is personal but believe what you will.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Unfair that all big companies collect user data and monitor users and when Google uses part of it to enhance user experience they get all the crap.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well no, OP is just an Apple fanboy and so he tries his best to "fight the good battle" where ever he can. It is best to ignore him usually and everything will be fine.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

U mad bro?

14. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

you did not even read the article.

3. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

And what is the use of it?

6. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

to read it while you are driving

9. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

if you don't know where you are going, where are you going then? Funny, isn't it!

12. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

what if you want to go to some place but dont know the directions, where abouts?

18. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You google it

15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

information that might be relevant to what you're doing, where you are, and now even where you're going to, automatically delivered before you ask for them (if you didn't relaize it, that's what google has been doing in the latest 3 years with google now! ;) )

4. MasterSyrron

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

It already shows you alternate routes and time estimates if you select the alternate route button. That's not new.

7. TRUVILLE

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Google maps #1best map service

10. TRUVILLE

Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Offline as well add the new feature to Google maps

11. wilsong17 unregistered

Why do it show where I live

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