Needs large vehicle routing As an over the road driver, I think Google needs to add routing for large and combination vehicles. There are a few GPS systems that use Google map as the base for their system so I don't think it would be a huge step for Google to implement this themselves. Other than that it is a great help but I only use it as a cross reference to other GPS setups.
Excellent for maps, information and navigation This is the best mapping app available. It achieves a perfect 5 stars now that you can save offline areas and use the app without network access. The navigation is great. It finds the optimum route according to traffic conditions and warns you of congestion. The local info is also very useful. Surprisingly, I find the weakest aspect of this app is its maps, which often show blank spaces with nothing except the road. Open Street Maps is starting to exceed Google in quality and accuracy, at least in the UK.
Evolving and getting better It doesn't have a lot of the features that the old Maps did, like zoom buttons instead of having to pinch, distance-measuring tools, and being able to navigate to a destination without having to Get Directions first. However, Google has integrated Navigation into Maps and made it feel like it flows much better, and they're constantly adding support for other stuff within Maps like Waze or Uber.
Google Maps is a part of life. It has made journey inexplicably simpler and enjoyable. Now I don't have to bother where I am going. I just need to ensure that the map is available offline and the battery is charged and at most I have a battery bank. Thats all that now I have to ensure before going to a place, new or old. I even explore the places I knew before in a better way now. I have been using this app since the days of google earth beta. Its just amazing. The only flaw is that some ways it shows are either not drivable or does not exist. But overall its awesome.
Useful but is lacking If you're traveling around town this is great however I have found the absence of lane assist to be too much of an important feature to be without. I don't do much motorway driving and using Gmaps as my satnav I'm frequently missing sliproads as don't even know I'm in the wrong lane.... This would be the perfect Sat nav if it just had lane assist.
New review (old deleted). Working ok now. Like the added improvements. Getting better. Still missing the option to select for myself if I want night view. Why not simply put in a selection for "automatically" (like it does now) and the option to select "day" or "night" view? I simply have to use another nav app for nighttime navigation, I need a bright view (visually impaired). For the rest, nice job!! The fifth star shows up when there is a view selection.
• Check out photos of hotel rooms right on the place sheet
• Search for places by category (supermarkets, restaurants, etc.) even when using Maps offline
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