Monday , August 21 2017

Transit arrival times get a new look in Google Maps for Android

Google’s always adding new features to Google Maps. It’s one of the company’s primary ways of getting consumers on board with their services and has developed into one of those “default” ways we do things. People look to Google Maps for information about places and venues, directions to/from those places and, more recently, information about public transport services. It’s that last one that’s gotten a fresh coat of paint today.

Until today, the timetable display for trains, trams and buses was fine, with its simple rows of times and services. That’s changed – it’s now a filterable display (by service), with a more structured layout of arrival times.

A welcome change, and it applies to trains, light rail, trams, buses and ferries.

We’ve checked a few different transport locations in Australia and around the world and found the new layout seems to be worldwide.

The new look has been rolled out on Android, but doesn’t seem to have made it to the web or iOS apps yet (check out the old display – from iOS – below, compared with the new Android display).

Google Maps has seen a renewed round of enhancements recently with improvements to the design of place display, exploring around you and more. It’s great to see that Google’s not resting on its laurels and is continuing to improve their service.

Noticed any other recent changes in Maps? Anything you’d like to see? Tell us in the comments!

 

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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