Google Announces Google Maps Update with Welcome Interface Improvements

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Google Maps isn’t only of the most advanced navigation app currently available out there, but also a good tool to discover and explore new places in any location across the world.
At the same time, Google Maps can prove to be quite a neat application for keeping track of the places you want to visit at some point in the future, and according to Google itself, people love this feature.

No less than 7 billion places have been saved in Google Maps worldwide, the search giant says, which kind of makes sense given we really can’t travel that much these days.

And because keeping track of the locations that we saved in Google Maps is becoming a more important thing for us, Google is now announcing a UI overhaul for the Saved tab.

Beginning today, the Mountain View-based search giant is gradually rolling out a new experience in the Saved tab that displays interface in a much modern UI, all with photo thumbnails and categories that make more sense going forward.

For example, Google Maps now shows the recently saved places at the top of the list, so it’s easier to find a specific location that you’ve only recently checked out.

Furthermore, the Saved tab now shows nearby locations that you’ve saved before in a dedicated category. Needless to say, this means Google Maps must be provided with access to your location, so the app can always determine where and how close you are to these places.

Google has also updated the Google Maps Saved Tab with a “Visited” category that’s based on the Timeline feature to display the places that you’ve been to. You can browse these locations by time, city, region, and country, all from the same UI.

Without a doubt, the carousel UI gives Google Maps a welcome refresh in terms of design and usability, and the new update is going live on both Android and iOS. Keep in mind, however, that these improvements are rolling out gradually to users across the world, so it could take a while until they show up on your device.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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