The wait is not quite over, and it's been a longtime coming, but dark mode support in the Google Maps iOS app is finally coming soon. But that's not all, either. Google has revealed a few different new additions coming to the app in the near future.
Just like you remove your history in Apple Maps, you can delete your search, review, and share history in Google Maps. Maybe you want to keep some items from showing up in your Recent searches or forget an entire day of Google Maps activity.
You can view and remove places from your history on your mobile device or the web. And you can choose to delete individual locations, a day or week, or every place in that history. Here, we’ll show you how to do just that, delete your Google Maps history.
Google is bringing an awesome new mode to its mapping app for iOS and Android designed for augmented reality (AR) navigation inside shopping malls and airports.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS:Indoor AR navigation in Google Maps. Works inside shopping malls and airports. New eco-friendly route options due later in 2021. AR indoor navigation with Google Maps
This has been confirmed in a blog post on the Google website, which outlines a couple of new Google Maps features slated to hit iOS, iPadOS and Android devices later this year.
Called Live Mode, the new feature gives you accurate turn-by-turn directions inside shopping malls and airports by taking advantage of artificial intelligence to “scan tens of billions of Street View images to understand your orientation.”
Thanks to new advancements that help us understand the precise altitude and placement of objects inside a building, we’re now able to bring Live View to some of the trickiest-to-navigate places indoors: airports, transit stations and malls.
The feature debuted in Google Maps for iOS and Android for a handful of shopping malls in Chicago, Long Island, Los Angles, Newark, San Fransico, San Jose and Seattle. In the coming months, it'll roll out to select airports, malls, and transit stations in Tokyo and Zurich.
Additional cities and locations are coming in the future.Eco-friendly routes
Aside from AR indoor navigation, Google Maps will also gain eco-friendly routes later this year.
With insights from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab, we’re building a new routing model that optimizes for lower fuel consumption based on factors like road incline and traffic congestion.
When that feature is launched publicly, Google Maps will default to the route with the lowest carbon footprint when it has approximately the same ETA as the fastest route, Google says.
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“In cases where the eco-friendly route could significantly increase your ETA, we’ll let you compare the relative CO2 impact between routes so you can choose,“ reads the post. Google will let you change your defaults to have the app, for example, always show the fastest route.
Eco-friendly routes will be available on both iOS and Android later this year. Initially, this feature will cover the US, but Google's promised a global expansion arriving at some point.Air quality and other tidbits
Google even outlined some of the features that will be coming to its mapping service later this year, including weather and air quality information, with the relevant data being pulled from such partners as The Weather Company, AirNow.gov and the Central Pollution Board.
With the new weather layer, you can quickly see current and forecasted temperature and weather conditions in an area—so you’ll never get caught in the rain without an umbrella. And the new air quality layer shows you how healthy (or unhealthy) the air is—information that’s especially helpful if you have allergies or are in a smoggy or fire-prone area.
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Weather information and the air quality index will hit Google Maps on iOS and Android “in the coming months.” The weather layer will be available globally and the air quality layer will launch in Australia, India and the US, with more countries to come—you guessed right—at a later time.
Both weather and air quality information have been available on Apple Maps for some time.
And lastly, stores’ business profiles available on Google Maps and through Google Search will now display useful information such as delivery providers, pickup and delivery windows, fees, as well as order minimums. This is currently available via Google Search on mobile, starting with Instacart and Albertsons Cos. stores in the US.
The feature will extend to Maps and expand to other partners in the future.
Google Maps has begun rolling out more accurate data and way more detailed street-level information in a handful of cities around the world. The areas where more detailed geographical features are available: Central London, Tokyo, San Francisco, and New York.
If you’re a Google Maps user, then you might prefer to use it for directions and navigation over Apple Maps. And lucky for you Google Maps returned to Apple Watch in fall of 2020.
While it doesn’t offer features like city guides and business details, it does work like a map app should on Apple Watch with navigation, directions, travel times. Here’s how to use Google Maps on Apple Watch.
One of the new features Apple introduced into Apple Maps with iOS 13 is "Look Around", and now it's available in one new city in the United States.
When you use Google Maps and have your Location Services turned on, every place you visit ends up in your history. And along with your Location History is your Google Maps Timeline. While many people don’t want every spot they travel to recorded, others find it helpful. If you’re in the latter group, then this article about how to use your Google Maps Timeline is for you.
We’ll show you how to access your Timeline, the details it holds, what you can do with the information, and how all of this can be useful to you.
Back in August, Google confirmed that it was going to refresh the Google Maps app for Apple Watch. Unfortunately, at the time, it didn't have a specific launch date to give us.
If you’ve been using Google Maps for some time now, you might want to have an export of your data. Maybe you’d like to keep a copy of it as a backup or use it with a different app. Google makes it pretty easy for you to choose the data you want and get your hands on it for use elsewhere.
Here, we’ll show you how to export and download your Google Maps data both on the web and in the Google Maps app on iPhone and iPad.
Like saving locations you enjoy in Apple Maps, you can hold onto your favorite spots in Google Maps too. And with the List feature, you can take advantage of pre-made lists, create your own, share them with friends, publish them for other Google Maps users, and more.
For using Google Maps to its fullest on iPhone and iPad, we’ll show you how to use Lists along with helpful tips.
Whether you’re a fan of Google Maps instead of or in addition to Apple Maps, it’s good to know tricks for using it that make it easy to find what you need. And one feature of Google Maps that can help you find businesses, attractions, and activities is the filter option.
Depending on the type location you’re searching for, you can filter by hours, price, rating, or cuisine. So if you want to find an affordable pizza place open right now or a nearby gas station open 24 hours, filters can help. Here, we’ll show you how to use filters to find locations in Google Maps on the web and iOS.
Apple completely revamped Apple Maps not too long ago, and now Google is doing the same for its own offering.