Public transportation companies around the world are gaining support for Google's mobile payment system, ranging from Australia to New York City. However, in order for a transit card to work with Google Pay, the associated gantries need to support RFID identification, which isn't the case everywhere. To alleviate this issue, the company has worked on an open API that makes it easier for transit providers to digitize tickets, without the need for contactless capability. Read More
For many people around the world, this is the holiday season. We're packing things up and hitting the road to visit family and friends. Most of us will put at least some part of our trip into Google's hands as we launch Maps and wait for it to tell us which turn to take next. A new version hit the beta channel yesterday to prepare for some of these road trips. There are a few new features and a boatload of items for a teardown. Read More
An update to the Google app hit the beta channel yesterday and it brings back the Notification toggles for Assistant devices that had briefly appeared a few months ago. Also in tow are some visual tweaks and a revised list of the types of devices certain Assistant features work with. A teardown also turns up new commute settings, a few bits about getting your kids set up with Google Assistant and Home, and a pretty cool feature for the newly announced Pixel Buds. Read More
A new update to Google Maps began rolling out late last night to members of the beta channel. This one is arguably light on notable changes, except that there is one feature that may go live in the next few days: Commuting. It was at least briefly live before being disabled remotely. There are also several new topics for a teardown, including more points for longer reviews, new badges, and more.
Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
- Commuting (coming soon?)
- Another notification channel for timeline notifications (fixed in 9.63.1)
Commuting: It was is live
Commuting appears to be live
At least as of October 9th, the Commute settings appear to be live again. Read More
Google Maps is one of the most feature-packed apps in existence, and fitting everything into easily reachable places is a challenge that requires regular changes. The latest update to v9.62 makes a big move by pulling the layer modes out of the navigation drawer to place them in a new persistent FAB (floating action button) right on top of the map. Amonth many other things, this update also adds a dedicated tab for videos uploaded by the community. On the teardown side, there are signs of some more significant improvements coming for commuters, and much more. Read More
An update to Google Maps began rolling out over the weekend and this one appears to be focused on keeping people in the know on their commutes. This version brings back a toggle to control notifications about delays and interruptions at mass transit stations, and this time it might be here to stay. A teardown also shows we'll soon have traffic notifications for the commute between home and work and that more modes of travel will be respected besides just driving and mass transit. Read More
You're heading to work to make money, but what if you could earn a little extra on the way? That's what Lyft is promising with its latest initiative, Driver Destination.
The new service extends to drivers what Lyft Line offered passengers. It lets drivers offer rides to people who are heading in the same direction, and it pays them for the trip.
Here's how Driver Destination works. First you put your destination into the app. Lyft will then send you requests from drivers who are along your path and heading in the same direction, ideally requiring minimal detours. You can earn up to $400 a month for your efforts. Read More