An upgrade to Google Maps 9.19.0 for Android includes another keen feature that predicts where you’re heading to provide you driving updates. Also, the redesign includes more noticeable controls for audio feedback and granular security settings to the Timeline feature.
Google has officially announced that it’s going to add a new feature to its Maps app, called “Driving Mode” that will give you traffic updates and estimated time of arrivals. The Driving Mode will only recommend your home, work, and other recently searched for destinations.
Rather than having you enter every location you are going to in order to get such warnings like before, the Driving Mode itself will take into account your present location plus history to predict where you’re headed. For example, Maps will know where you usually go on Mondays, without you inputting your destination.
The update also adds a few modifications to the app’s user interface. Such as – it is now much easier to locate audio toggles – turn-by-turn voice directions. An audio toggle has been added on the app screen between the search and compass buttons. It will have three modes to choose from according to your preference – Muted, Alerts Only and Unmuted.
Lastly, this update includes more settings to the Timeline features that will allow you to see where you were on a given day. The Timeline setting screen will let you customize what data is collected and whether you want the app to show pictures you’ve taken from Google Photos.
To get the Driving Mode, Android smartphone owners can download the new version of Google Maps from the Play Store when the feature is completely in service. And you will be able to enter Driving Mode by tapping on a new widget or activating it from the slideout menu.
Though Google hasn’t confirmed the time, the update is likely to be coming very soon.
Not every Android smartphone user will have access to it for now since it’s only rolling out in English to only seven countries — the U.S., United Arab Emirates, the U.K., Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.
And it’s also not clear when iOS users should expect the update in their iPhone. As Google usually makes new features available to Android users for at least a few weeks before iOS. So, it should be sometime in the near future.