The upcoming Google Maps update will bring several new features among which a tab especially created for ride services such as Uber. The ride sharing tab will be rolled out with a switch of server sides, and thus, not everyone will be able to use it after updating their apps to the latest version. However, Maps v9.22 comes with several other tweaks and changes.
First of all, the “Your Places” screen has been improved. The feature has not been particularly organized in the past, since it looked like a very long list of all the places you have recorded. Users would have to scroll endlessly to find the location they visited, their saved locations or their workplace or home. The feature also included custom maps from the app My Maps.
The new update changes the old layout and now each category of places has its own list. By tapping the header or swiping left or right, users will be able to view the places they are searching for without the tedious scrolling. Additionally, the Settings and the Edit home or work options will direct users to this screen instead of a separate one.
New custom icons have been added for home and work in order to make those two important locations stand out. All you need to do is find your home or work location and tap on the Choose an icon option. You will be presented with various icons and can select the one that best defines these places in your life. The feature will be particularly useful for those of you who have just moved to a new city, since it offers memorable landmarks.
Next, the timeline now provides more details than before. If you take a look at the date, you will notice right next to it both the amount of time and the distance you covered while using different modes of transportation. You will also find out how much you walked during a single day. Fortunately, the distances and times will only be recorded when you are actually traveling, and not when you are pacing while waiting for the ride.
Lastly, the ride sharing tab will show you a list of the nearest options for ride sharing that you can use as an alternative to driving or walking through town in search of one. The tab is also set to present the fares and the time it will take the driver to reach you. However, the feature is only available to a small percentage of users for the moment.
The latest update for Google Maps can be downloaded from the Google Play store for Android devices and from the App Store for iOS.
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