Thursday , May 24 2018

Google Maps update adds a homescreen shortcut to tell you if you need to use a shortcut home

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One of Google maps undeniably awesome features is live traffic. I obsessively add locations to my calendar appointments just so I will receive a notification if travel times to that location gets too long. However, it seems not everyone who shares appointments with me shares my obsession and I often have to manually check travel times.

Perhaps with Google Maps latest feature this may have become just a little bit easier. Traffic Nearby is a new feature that scans your local area and lets you know if there are any major delays. Unfortunately, being a weekend there isn’t any traffic congestion to demonstrate the feature at work.

Traffic Nearby only seems to be accessible from a new Google Maps home screen shortcut at present. There is a toggle for “Get traffic conditions based on your current location”, this will push notifications to your device whenever there is a traffic issue in your area, this can also be toggled in the notification settings of the Google Maps app.

We will keep experimenting with the new feature and see if anything new happens when there are actually traffic delays to worry about.

Source: Google Maps.
Via: Android Police.

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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2 Comments on "Google Maps update adds a homescreen shortcut to tell you if you need to use a shortcut home"

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Phill Edwards
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Phill Edwards

Last night I was driving and google mapa announced 5 minute congestion. Not sure if that’s what you’re referring to?

Steven Quinn
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Steven Quinn

Will there be a update for the Android auto for those that have in the car.

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