Google Rolls Out A Couple Of New Features To Maps – Brings A New Commuter Tab And In-App Music Support

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Google has started rolling out a new update to it’s Maps service, helping you take control of your daily commute. Along with it you will also able to listen to your favorite music with toggling between apps.

After the update, you will see a new ‘commute tab’ which will give you access live traffic and transit information tailored to your commute. And if there’s heavy traffic it will tell you an alternate route which will save you time and will get you to your location faster.

Google Maps Update
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There’s also a new cool feature for those who travel using both driving and public transit. Before you leave, you will be provided with information about the traffic and as you change your leg of your trip the information will be provided accordingly. You’ll know if there’s traffic on your drive, when the next train departs, and how long it’ll take to walk from the train station to the office.

Another cool thing about this update is that now the transit riders in 80 regions worldwide will be able to see exactly where their train or bus is before it’s arrived. If you live in Sydney, you will be excited to know that Google Maps will now even show the number of passenger in the upcoming trains and busses.

We hope that this feature will “soon” roll out to other cities as well.

Google Maps Update
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In-App Music Support

Another interesting feature that this update brings is the functionality to listen to music within the app. It’s a minor update albeit, but if you happen to be a Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play Music user, you’ll be able to control playback from within the navigation app.

The update is rolling out to both Android and iOS platforms. And Android users can also enable real-time notifications about route disruptions, and Spotify users on the platform will also be able to choose favorite content by browsing through songs, albums, podcasts, and playlists with the new, easy to use navigation.

Starting this week the update will be available globally on both the platforms.

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