Google Maps Is Getting a Feature That Just Makes Sense These Days - autoevolution
2020 has been quite a nightmare so far, and now more than ever we need technology to lend us a hand for even the simplest things, such as avoiding a busy place.
Google Maps, for example, has been able to do this for quite a while, as a simple search on the service and then a tap on a specific result allowed us to see how busy a location currently is in real-time.But because this kind of feature is more important than ever this year, Google has decided to push things even further with a small update. Google Maps will begin to show indicators as to how busy a location is right on the map, so you won’t need to tap each result to see such information. More specifically, if you search for coffee, Google Maps then displays all coffee places around you, and thanks to this update, you should then small indicators like not busy, busier than usual, and as busy as it gets right under the name of each location. This way, it’s a lot easier and more convenient to choose where to go, all without expanding the details of the places that are displayed on Google Maps. Furthermore, for those of us who use Google Maps for navigation, the Android and iOS mobile app will begin showing a busyness notification on the main screen when setting up a new route. So for example, if you want to go from your place to Starbucks and you configure the route in Google Maps, the app should then display a “Live” bar right below the address bar that shows the same busyness messages as above. It remains to be seen if and when these messages also go live on the Android Auto and CarPlay versions of Google Maps, but they certainly make sense everywhere. The Android and iOS apps will be updated with the new feature shortly, Google says.
Upcoming Android Auto Update to Fix Google Pixel Compatibility Error - autoevolution
Google has just confirmed that users coming across an error claiming Android Auto isn’t compatible with the Google Pixel would soon get a fix in a new version of the app.
The issue only affects the Pixel 3a XL, Google says, and it was first reported in late 2019 on the official Android Auto forums.More specifically, users claimed that updating Android Auto wasn’t possible simply because the app no longer showed up in the Google Play Store, while using the direct link gets them to a message indicating that “this app isn’t compatible with your device anymore.” Google started looking into what happens in mid-2020, and a member of the Android Auto team recommended users to double-check if the app they’re trying to update was the full version and not the one aimed at running on the phone screen. “If you are using Pixel 3, Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 devices on Android 10 and getting this error message ‘This app isn't compatible with your device anymore. Contact the developers for more info’, could you please check if the app you are trying to update is Android Auto or Android Auto for phone screens?” a message posted in June 2020 reads. “Pixel 3, Pixel 3a and Pixel 4 devices don’t need Android Auto for phone screens, which enables Android 10 devices to show the Android Auto app icon, as these Pixel devices already have the icon enabled. It’s expected to get the error message if you are trying to update Android Auto for phone screens instead of Android Auto.” This week, however, the search giant confirmed that it managed to fix the whole thing, and a future version of Android Auto would finally bring things back to normal on the Google Pixel 3a XL. Google is projected to launch a new Android Auto update next week, but at this point, it’s still not known if a fix for this compatibility error is supposed to be included or not.
Google Releases Google Maps for iPhone Update with a Major New Feature - autoevolution
Google has just released a new version of Google Maps for iOS devices, and the biggest addition this time is a feature that the company previously removed back in 2017.
It’s support for the Apple Watch, something that Google originally ditched three years ago but which the company decided to bring back with a new update this week.The Mountain View-based search giant announced in August that Google Maps would return to the Apple Watch with a future update, and today, this update is finally available for everyone with an iPhone. To get support for the Apple Watch in Google Maps, you need to install app version 5.52. Google Maps works on the Apple Watch exactly how you’d expect it to work, although one thing that needs to be mentioned here is that the app doesn’t show full maps on the smartwatch. Instead, Google Maps just shows instructions to reach your destination, so some users might just decide to stick with Apple Maps until support for the map is released. At the same time, Google Maps comes with its very own complication on the Apple Watch, as it only serves as an app shortcut, as it doesn’t seem to show any information when a destination is configured. And speaking of destinations, you can’t set one right from the Apple Watch, as users first need to turn to their iPhones, input the address they want to navigate to, and only then be able to use Google Maps on the smartwatch. This isn’t necessarily the most convenient approach, but at least it works and gets you to the destination. Like Apple Maps, haptic feedback is also offered, so you are alerted when you must take a turn or look at the watch for additional guidance during navigation. Most likely, the experience with Google Maps on the Apple Watch would be further refined in the coming versions, but for now, it’s pretty clear that Apple Maps is a much better option in regions where the app offers up-to-date map data. Of course, those who aren't fully committed to the Apple ecosystem can always switch to Android, as Google has prepared a pretty cool new Google Maps feature for users of its latest OS version.