Google Maps updated with lane guidance, offline maps, and more

Google Maps has been updated for Android and iOS. The latest version includes lane guidance during navigation, offline maps, filter options for point of interests, Uber app integration, and more.

Google Maps has a reputation as being one of the better mapping and navigation solutions for mobile and PC. Google is aiming to make the navigation experience even better by adding lane guidance. This feature will direct you to the proper lane and insure that you will have enough time for transitions and exits. The feature is available in the United States, parts of Canada, and Japan.

The ability to save maps offline has been officially introduced. Previously, users would have to access the hidden feature by typing the phrase: “OK Maps” in the search box. While this method is still active, the latest update only requires users to search for an area and select the “Save map to use offline” button. You will be able to give your saved map a personalized title and access them through your Google account. You can retrieve the maps by signing in to your Google account and tapping on the profile icon next to the search box and navigating to the offline maps section.

Google has also added filters for point of interests. The new filters can help you find a place that will cater to your specific needs. You can filter results by price, user ratings, and more. Uber integration is now present for those that have the application installed. When searching for commuting routes, Uber will be shown as an option. Selecting Uber will automatically open the app, however, this option will not be available in all cities.

Lastly, Google Maps will now support transit times for buses and trains. This will make commuting easier by allowing users to input a departing time and Maps will proceed to pull up schedules and directions accordingly.

Google Maps is available for iOS and Android.

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