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.
Accurate BUT requires 'high accuracy' location The older versions happily used GPS only locations. Not the new versions; it demands the less privacy-hating high accuracy service. What changed? If it worked once, why doesn't it work anymore? If I turn off wifi and cellular service, it works just fine. I am going to stop using this because I want to limit Google tracking.
Add more features Google Maps should've a record feature. For example, you could record the exact route you took to get from point A to point B and use that specific route when you want to get to that same destination again. People might think this is a bad idea but let say you have someone in the car with you that knows where they're going and you don't. It would be extremely helpful if you could keep that route lock into the navigation app.
• Check out photos of hotel rooms right on the place sheet
• Search for places by category (grocery stores, restaurants, etc.) even when using Maps offline
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