Google Maps Update Brings Android New Transit Displays, Location History By Date


Google continues to bring new features and tweaks to Maps for Android, building upon an already feature-dense app in its work towards creating the ultimate mapping and navigation tool. To that end, there’s a new version of Maps hot off Google’s servers, ready to bring you new transit display controls, location features, and region highlights.

If you let Maps gather your location data and save it with Google’s Location History, you’ll now have some newly fine-tuned ways in which to access it. When reviewing that data, you’ll now be able to see where you’ve been on a day-by-day basis, useful if you’re trying to remember just when you might have bumped into an acquaintance at the park, or where you ran errands on Friday two weeks ago.

Just like Maps in your browser, the Android app will now show the highlighted border of areas or cities which you search for.

Google’s been adding more and more info to its database of public transit options, which now covers some 500 cities. If all that info seemed just a bit overwhelming you’ll now be able to customize just what types of transit are displayed in that modes layer. For instance, maybe you’d just want to examine a city’s bus routes, without concerning yourself with trains.

The new Google Maps is available in the Play Store now, where you can get it as one of the new, smaller, delta updates.

Source: Google

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