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[Update: Wider rollout] Google Maps keeps you safe by alerting you if your taxi goes off-route

When you're traveling to a new country, region, or even an unfamiliar part of your own town, and hailing a ride, you may be suspicious of the driver taking advantage of your cluelessness to charge you more or for more nefarious reasons. That's why I often keep a tab on the drive in Google Maps when riding a cab while traveling, but I have to repeatedly glance at my phone to notice any awkward routing. Maps recognizes this use case and is now offering to do the work in the background and notify you when your driver goes off the logical path.

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[Update: Rolling out] Google Maps expands Waze-like crowdsourcing with new incident types

Ever since Google purchased fellow map maker Waze in 2013, crowdsourced contribution features have slowly made their way to Maps. We've been seeing this support grow with the ability for users to report things like speed traps, slowdowns, and just last month, road construction. Now Google's formally recognizing that construction expansion, as well as announcing the addition of a few other obstructions.

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Opera Touch gets more traditional bottom navigation bar option

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Waze rolls out Google Assistant support for English-speaking users in US

Last spring, Google began what amounted to a slow rollout of Google Assistant support for English-speaking Waze users in the United States. Now, it appears that Google has opened the flood gates, giving all US Wazers with English set as their preferred language the ability to call upon Google Assistant.

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Google Maps in Android Auto adds some helpful new buttons

Android Auto's comprehensive overhaul recently rolled out to everyone, but Google isn't done with tweaking the interface. We've seen multiple reports of the navigation UI getting a few handy new buttons, including one for alternate routes that people seem to be very excited about.

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YouTube Music is now integrated in Waze

Many of us use a phone for navigation in the car — the benefits of apps like Waze can't be overstated to commuters in busy cities. Waze is especially useful since the app even integrates controls for other music apps directly, so you don't have to swipe between apps or pull down the notification tray just to pause or skip tracks. Fixing a noteworthy and somewhat embarrassing omission, YouTube music now joins the ranks of other music apps which can integrate directly with Waze's controls.

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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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Waze starts estimating toll prices on your route

Waze helps many commuters avoid traffic and report hazards to other users. Thanks to its community, the service is able to crowdsource a wide array of information, ranging from road conditions to gas prices. Waze is now leveraging its user base to provide more details to drivers, as it's starting to show toll prices along your route.

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Third-party launchers won't be able to use Android Q's new gesture navigation at launch

At today's announcement of Android Q Beta 5, Google revealed that it was going to move custom launchers off of the new gesture navigation system as of Beta 6, defaulting to the old three-button method if you use one. While that might sound like a reason to worry, this change is merely an "an unfortunate, yet short-term inconvenience" in Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy's words. Google has confirmed it will bring gesture support for third-party launchers "in a post-launch update" for Android Q.

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