Google Maps APK Hints at Forthtcoming Lane Guidance


All the way back in 2009, Google first brought navigation to Google Maps for Android, but as useful as it can be, there are still some navigation features that you’ll only find from its paid app competition. Some recently uncovered evidence in a new Maps update hints at plans to bring at least one of those to Google’s free alternative, adding in support for lane-based guidance.

Beyond just general turn guidance like Google provides, some of those paid apps also offer detailed break-downs on which specific lane or lanes you need to be in – if the highway is about to split, you’ll want to know which lanes are headed in which directions.

The evidence comes in the form of some text allocated for the app’s problem-reporting feature, offering options like “What’s wrong with this lane guidance?” or “Bad lane recommendation.”

We’re not yet sure just what this will look like, or when it might go public, but it seems pretty clear that it’s under development.

Source: Android Police


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