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Act like it's 2005 again with TomTom AmiGO's new Android Auto support

Act like it's 2005 again with TomTom AmiGO's new Android Auto support

Last week, Google finally made it possible to bring third-party navigation apps to Android Auto without requiring a beta version. The company promoted a list of new driving services coming alongside the change, including TomTom AmiGo. If you're looking to switch away from Google Maps or Waze, a new update to AmiGo adds Android Auto support to display on your car's infotainment system.

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Google Maps may soon help you avoid railroad crossings along your route

Google Maps may soon help you avoid railroad crossings along your route

Living in a small town crisscrossed by train tracks is a recipe frustration if you need to get anywhere in a hurry. Google knows this, and is starting to integrate railroad crossing info into Google Maps navigation. The feature isn't official yet, but it's showing up for a few users.

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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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You can now change the car navigation icon in Google Maps, but the options are pretty lame

You can now change the car navigation icon in Google Maps, but the options are pretty lame

Google Maps may be getting a new driving mode, but it turns out that the engineers over there are having some fun with more trivial things as well. The Maps app has just added three vehicle icons that you can opt to replace the car navigation icon with, though you likely won't.

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Waze routes can now be planned on your computer and sent to your phone

Waze routes can now be planned on your computer and sent to your phone

Despite Waze having fewer overall features and a less refined UI than Google Maps, I still find myself using Waze as often as possible for its police reporting system. Today, however, Waze is getting a feature that's been on Maps for a while: the ability to plan a route on your computer and send it to your phone.

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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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Android 11's launcher lets you swipe up on secondary homescreens to go back to the main one

Android 11's launcher lets you swipe up on secondary homescreens to go back to the main one

When Google first introduced its take on gesture navigation with Android 10, one navigation option die-hard Android fans are used to disappeared — there was no longer a way to quickly jump back from a secondary homescreen to the first page, which you could do by tapping the home button. Android 11 is looking to fix that.

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Google Maps preps displaying traffic lights on Android

Google Maps preps displaying traffic lights on Android

When navigating via Google Maps, traffic lights are one of the biggest unknowns and something Google won't warn you about — I could sing a song or two about this as I once caused an accident due to a red light I oversaw at an unfamiliar, complicated crossroads (thankfully, no one got hurt). It looks like Google recognizes this potential hazard and wants to help people navigate unknown streets better, as the company is working on adding traffic lights information in Maps.

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Android Auto just got new Material icons in Google Maps navigation

Android Auto just got new Material icons in Google Maps navigation

Google typically rolls out changes to its design language every couple years, but many of the company's apps still take months, if not years to catch up. The wireframe style icons that started popping up in 2018 have become fairly ubiquitous, but there are still a few notable holdouts. Android Auto would have been counted among them, but it looks like a new set of icons has been silently swapped in for the Google Maps navigation interface.

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Latest VLC beta switches to bottom navigation, adds share menu

Latest VLC beta switches to bottom navigation, adds share menu

The once ubiquitous navigation drawer has become a pariah of app design over the last couple years thanks to a forced movement toward gesture navigation. We've seen plenty of apps switch to a tabbed bar at the bottom of the screen, and now VLC is joining their ranks. Along with a few other new features, the first beta of v3.3 now sports a browser screen with an updated navigation model.

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