Google is rolling out an important update for Google Maps for Android users in India. The latest update adds new features to the home screen including a new Quick Actions menu. The app will also now show shortcuts, allowing users to see directions, saved offline maps, and other map details, all in a single tap. The search giant also claims that the home screen now loads faster than the previous versions. Google says it has optimized the app to work efficiently even when in spotty connections something which Indian users suffer from a lot.
Cathay Bi, Product Manager Google Maps, writes in a blog, “Now when you fire up your Google Maps app, you’ll instantly see a directions card with different modes of transportation. Whether you’d like to take the bus to Connaught Place in New Delhi or you are planning to go by foot to a new mall that just opened nearby, you can start planning your route with a single tap. And if you’d like to access a certain route while you’re on the go without using data, you can save the route to be used offline.” Google Map users in India can download the updated version from Google Play.
Once updated to the latest version, you should be able to see the Quick Action menu at the bottom of your screen. The Quick Action Menu has replaced the live traffic updates, present earlier in the app. In the Quick Actions menu, users get three sub-sections – Get Directions, Map Details, and Saved Offline Route. From the Get Directions section, you can choose to take a car, taxi, public transit or walk to your desired location.
The Map Details section lets you choose from satellite or traffic view modes and download the area for offline access. The new features also allow one to look for public transportation available in their area. Much like the Save Offline mode, the Save Offline Route option now downloads and saves your last route offline. This would make it convenient for you to use it later when you are commuting and don’t have data connectivity. ALSO READ: How to create lists of your favorite places on Google Maps and share with your friends
Among the recent updates, Google introduced Share Location feature in the Google Maps app. This allows users to share their real-time location with friends and family. The app also allows users to now save their parking location for easy navigation to their vehicle in the parking lot.