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[Update: Resurrected with new look] Google Maps is testing a floating scrolling bar of category searches

Google is always trying new things with the Maps app's interface, moving items from the side menu to the floating layers button, implementing different designs of the bottom bar in various regions, and lately just dabbling with more and more changes that fall in line with the new Material Design looks. And now we have a new change: a scrolling floating bar of category searches is showing up on the top of the screen.

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Google Maps adds Lime rides to walking and biking directions

Since December, Google Maps started displaying Lime scooters and bikes when looking for public transit directions. The feature has then been extended to 80 cities in March, making it easier for locals and tourists alike to see what option is faster to get to their destination. Google and Lime have partnered to integrate the company's rides more deeply with Maps, as the latter is now shown in the walking and cycling tabs, in addition to the transit one.

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Visually enhanced Google Maps timeline groups visited places by category, city, and country [APK Download]

Last week, Google announced several improvements to Maps among which is the availability of Live AR walking navigation for users beyond Local Guides. Another promised change was a new and improved timeline. In addition to your daily history, it groups all the places you've visited by category, city, country, and lets you quickly create lists of recommendations based on locations you've already been to.

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Google Maps is rolling out 'Live View' AR walking navigation to more users

Back in February, Google started testing an AR navigation feature that leveraged a phone's camera to overlay directions pointing towards a user's destination. The functionality has been available to Local Guides for the past few months, and the company is now rolling it out more globally after successful testing. For the occasion, it has also given it a name: Live View.

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Google Maps details upcoming navigation turns in refreshed UI [APK Download]

The latest Google Maps update to version 10.22.1 brings a new navigation interface. Although at first glance it only seems like a visual update, there's also a functional improvement: you can now tap to see upcoming steps and turns in your drive.

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Google's 'Follow Your World' service shuts down next month because you didn't know it existed

Google launches a lot of things, and some of them don't survive. You're probably familiar with the high-profile deaths like Google+, Allo, and Reader, but there are numerous little-known services that never gain a following before Google kicks them to the curb. That's the case for Follow Your World, which shuts down next month.

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Google My Maps updated after 3 years to let you painstakingly add and edit lines

You know what would be a great planning tool for scavenger hunts, hiking trips, or touring plans? Custom mapping apps. It's a shame Google My Maps isn't a good one. It started life many years ago as an app to view the maps you've already made on a desktop. Then, in an update that landed 2 years after the previous one, we were able to finally drop points. Points! At this moment, another 3 years have passed, and Google My Maps is getting a coup — you can draw lines now!

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Google Maps gives users more control over their personal and shared lists

Google Maps lists have become an essential feature for me. I have lists for places all over the world that I want to check out one day, dedicated lists to each country I've traveled to or am planning to visit soon, as well as some miscellaneous lists for places around me for which I need to have a saved location. The Maps team has been steadily improving these lists, but some neat changes have trickled in recently — likely via server-side as we just spotted them but we can now see them in older versions of the app too.

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Google will pay just $13 million to settle long-running Street View data collection lawsuit

Google has spent years cruising down roads to gather data for Street View, but it isn't just after photographic data. The Street View cars also collect information about local WiFi networks, and a 2010 lawsuit alleged Google grabbed too much data. After nearly a decade of legal wrangling, Google is putting this issue to rest by paying a mere $13 million. That's a pittance compared to the billions in damages many observers predicted years ago.

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