Google Maps update delivers lane guidance, Uber support, much more

It’s not even Wednesday yet, when we normally expect Google to come out with a few app updates, but today we’ve got an update so packed full of new features that it couldn’t wait until tomorrow. Let’s take a look at what’s new in today’s big Google Maps update for both Android and iOS:

Where to begin? Well, how about with Uber? More smartphone users are taking advantage of the car service all the time, and with today’s Maps update, you can compare Uber travel times with other options, like public transit or even walking.

If you’re more the type of Maps user to be driving yourself, you should appreciate the new visual cues for lane guidance, letting you know where to be on the road. For the moment, support’s a little limited, restricted by country and road type.

Offline support gets a nice makeover, making it both easier to cache content as well as manage saved maps. You can even save locations to your Google profile in order to access them across devices. Directions taking advantage of public transit get a new “depart at” option, letting you plan trips in advance while keeping on top of any transfers, and there are new filters in place for food and lodging searches, letting you sort by expense or hours of operation.

Like we said, there’s a heck of a lot present here, so be on the lookout for your update to arrive so you can get started playing around with it all.

Source: Google
Via: Android Police

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