Plan Your Pit Stops on Google Maps

21 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Maps Just Added An Incredible New Feature To Its Mobile App.

Google announced today it’s rolling out an update to its Google Maps mobile app that will (finally!) allow users to add a stop along their current route.

Now, through a new drop-down menu in Maps, users can view gas stations with their prices, as well as a list of stores and restaurants, along your a staple at this point for those that want to use a map service on their mobile device, and that’s due to the ridiculous amount of features that Google bakes into the software to make commuting even easier. For example, you’ll be able to search for things like gas stations, grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants while still in navigation mode, then add them as a detour on the way to your final destination. If the drop-down options aren’t what you need, you can always add a detour to your favorite coffee shop by tapping the search icon or by using voice commands. Google is also making its update a bit more interesting by including gas prices when you search for gas stations, allowing you to pick out the cheapest one along your route.

A similar feature was previously available in the Google-owned mapping application Waze, which received a notable makeover yesterday, but has been a long-requested feature among Google Maps users for some time. If the detour you’re looking for isn’t listed among Google’s options, you can add it by searching for the destination and marking it as a favorite. Plus, after you select a detour or stop, the app will begin a countdown of about 10 seconds before navigation will automatically switch over to that destination, notes the blog Android Police which was able to grab the SDK for the updated app and test it out. There’s no word on when this feature will come to Google Maps on iOS, but it’s supposed to roll out to Maps’ Android app over the “next few weeks”. That changes with this new feature, though, as Google Maps will now automatically show stops that are within short distances away from the planned route.

The feature is coming first to the Google Maps application for Android, and will arrive “over the next few weeks.” The company hasn’t announced plans for when it will arrive on the iOS version of the app, though hopefully that rollout will soon follow.

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