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Google Maps' new Go tab takes you to frequently-visited places in a tap

Google Maps' new Go tab takes you to frequently-visited places in a tap
Google has started making it easier to navigate to work and favorite locations with the addition of the Commute tab back in 2018. More recently, it considered replacing it with a Go tab, which encompasses the latter and a few other options to take you to places you're most likely to go, as well as list the closest transit lines, stations, and stops. The company seems satisfied with its test, as it's now rolling it out globally.
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Google Maps is getting better ride share integration, crosswalk markers, and building numbers

Google Maps is getting better ride share integration, crosswalk markers, and building numbers

Google Maps is an invaluable tool when you want to get around a city, and even if some additions to the service are questionable at best, it generally only improves with each update. That's also true for the latest beta, version 10.56.0. It adds an option for more accurate fee estimates for ride services. We've also spotted markers for crosswalks and building numbers in some places.

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Google Maps highlights local changes and reviews with new community feed

Google Maps highlights local changes and reviews with new community feed

Google Maps has changed a lot over the years, beginning as a tool for mapping and navigation, and progressively introducing big and clever features like current traffic monitoring, incident reporting, reviews, messaging, and much more. The latest change comes straight out of the social network playbook by introducing a news feed filled with recent local events, reviews, openings, new businesses, and more.

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Google Maps adds more features to help us safely navigate the pandemic

Google Maps adds more features to help us safely navigate the pandemic

Google has spent plenty of time this year updating its products to be more useful during the pandemic, and some of it's freshly announced Maps features serve that same purpose. Improvements to the COVID layer and live information about how busy buses and trains are will help to keep us safe when out and about, and the much-anticipated Driving Mode is finally arriving in preview.

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Google's Assistant Driving Mode may finally be arriving soon

Google's Assistant Driving Mode may finally be arriving soon

Google already has an in-car navigation UI in the form of Android Auto, as well as a future replacement in the form of the Assistant Driving Mode, but it seems to be implementing a very similar concept in Google Maps. We've seen music playback controls show up in Maps navigation before, but never the Android Auto-style buttons and home screen.

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Google's COVID-19 info layer is coming to Maps this week

Google's COVID-19 info layer is coming to Maps this week

Google has been placing COVID-19 reminders, warnings, and information in many of its services for some time now. You can't use a Google service without being reminded to wear a mask, or of where to go for screening. It's even added various tips to Maps, including where to get takeout during the pandemic. With a possible new overlay feature, it looks like we might soon be able to add Google Maps to our list of COVID tracing apps.

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Dark mode for Google Maps is almost ready for prime time

Dark mode for Google Maps is almost ready for prime time

Google has been teasing and working on a dark theme for Maps for well over a year, but it's yet to come to full fruition. It looks like that's about to change, as app sleuth Alessandro Paluzzi and 9to5Google have found evidence that Google might be close to release dark mode to the public.

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Google Maps starts widely displaying traffic lights on Android🚦

Google Maps starts widely displaying traffic lights on Android🚦

Earlier this summer, Google Maps started displaying traffic lights for some users. Although that appeared to be an experimental feature, as none of us at AndroidPolice could get them to show up, they're finally rolling out widely.

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Google Maps speed limit coverage upgraded in US and 17 other regions, downgraded in 100 others

Google Maps speed limit coverage upgraded in US and 17 other regions, downgraded in 100 others

Google will usually adjust its Maps speed limit support for a handful of countries every so often. Last we saw, Google had upgraded it in nine regions, but downgraded it in nine others. This time around, many more regions are involved — 18 regions, including the US, have had their speed limit coverage improved, but a whopping 100 others have had theirs worsened.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Maps on Android

The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Maps on Android

We've taken a look at open source alternatives to Gmail and Google Calendar, but those are digital lifestyle staples that don't require a whole lot of smarts to work. What about something more complex and data driven, like mapping? Believe it or not, there are open source alternatives to Google Maps out there.

I won't make you wait for the big "but" here, though: none of these solutions offer the same feature set you get with Google Maps. As sad as it is, Google's advanced traffic detection and point-of-interest data are only possible when you have an install base counting in the billions.

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