Based on its crowdsourced map-editing feature, the mobile Waze app now displays accurate information about EV charging stations along your route.
High-fidelity Apple Maps data now available in Finland, Norway and Sweden
For the first time, customers in Finland, Norway and Sweden can enjoy Apple Maps enhancements such as Look Around, AR navigation, 3D views, etc.
This tweak enables advanced mapping and globe viewing in Apple’s Maps app on unsupported iOS 15 devices
iOS developer PoomSmart has been on absolute fire recently, using their coding genius to craft jailbreak tweaks that enable features on iOS 15 that Apple intentionally disables on older devices.
How to adjust the volume of turn-by-turn navigation directions in Apple Maps and Google Maps on iPhone
When using turn-by-turn navigation in Apple Maps or Google Maps, your iPhone announces the upcoming turns and alerts so that you are aware of them without looking at the screen.
However, if you don't find it helpful, turning off the voice instructions is easy, and in this brief tutorial, we will show you how. We will also go over how you can adjust the volume of these turn-by-turn directions both in the Apple and Google Maps.
Google Maps now estimates how much you’ll have to pay in route tolls
The mobile Google Maps app now estimates toll charges for your journey, which allows you to plan ahead by seeing how much you'll need to pay in route tolls.
5 new Google Maps navigation features: new watchOS app, enhanced maps & more
Navigating with Google Maps on your iPhone and Apple Watch will soon get easier thanks to a more detailed map, a dedicated watchOS app and other new features.
3D Apple Maps live in London, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco Bay Area
The new Apple Maps 3D views are now live for London, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, with additional markets gaining support for this feature in 2021 and in 2022.
iOS 15’s Maps app takes into account weather warnings like flash floods for your car journeys
iOS 15's redesigned Maps app now factors weather warnings when suggesting navigation routes to help you avoid flooded roads, snowstorms and more when planning your next journey.
Dark Maps forces dark mode in Apple Maps at all times
The Apple Maps app is designed to display maps in light or dark mode based on one of two different circumstances; 1) the user’s system light or dark mode setting, and 2) the time of day it is.
Wouldn’t it be nice, however, if the app allowed you to choose between light or dark mode all the time without having to switch your system light or dark mode setting and without having to wait for a specific time of the day? If you answered yes, then you’re in for a treat.
Google Maps rolls out an awesome new AR view for navigation inside malls and airports
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.
Waze for CarPlay gains split-screen Dashboard integration and lane guidance
Google's Waze app can now be used on the multiscreen Dashboard feature in CarPlay, Apple's in-car infotainment system on the iPhone. Also, the app now supports lane guidance.
How to navigate the desktop, Dock, and Mission Control using VoiceOver
The built-in VoiceOver feature on Mac gives you an easier way to do things if you need some extra help. With keyboard commands and spoken feedback, you can take care of tasks that may normally be visually difficult.
With this, you’ll need to know how to navigate the areas of your Mac like the desktop, Dock, and Mission Control. And that’s where this next VoiceOver on Mac how-to will take you. We’ll show you the commands you need for moving around these major areas of your Mac.