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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🚦

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

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

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

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

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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Waze finally rolls out lane guidance in beta

Have you ever realized you were driving on the leftmost lane while you needed to turn right? To avoid this embarrassing moment, most navigation systems feature a lane guidance system to show you which one to remain in. Surprisingly, Waze, which is one of the most popular ones around, wasn't able to do this until now. Thankfully, the app is testing out the feature in beta.

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Android 11 DP3 adds independent left and right sensitivity options for gesture navigation

Back in Android 11 DP2, separated back gesture sensitivity settings first popped up, claiming to tweak how the edge navigation gestures worked. At the time, we weren't sure if the new settings actually worked, but as of DP3, it seems like they do. 

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Android Auto should bring back calendar integration and reminders

Android Auto saw some big changes last summer, including removal of the Google Feed-inspired home screen and the addition of semi-persistent audio controls in the navigation bar. While most of the changes were welcomed, a few things were lost in the transition. Complaints have been stacking up over the sacrifice of calendar integration, or more specifically, that there are no appointment reminders or a convenient way to kickstart navigation to the places you need to go.

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Pixel 4 will support enhanced dual-band GPS on Android 11 (Updated)

Dual-band GPS — or, technically, dual-frequency GNSS — should be able to provide a better navigation experience by pulling additional data from navigation satellites. A number of Android devices have the hardware required to use this method, including the newly-announced Pixel 4. And according to Google, the feature is "coming soon."

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