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Google Maps for Android and Android Auto Gets Highly Anticipated Feature

Google has quietly released a highly anticipated Google Maps feature for Android devices (and thus available on Android Auto, too), allowing users to switch to a language that is different from the one on the phone.
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Until now, everybody on Android has been forced to use Google Maps in the same language as the phone, which obviously, wasn’t necessarily the best way to go, especially for those who lived in another country but wanted their mobile device to stay with English.

And now it looks like Google has finally heard the feedback, so a recent update introduces a new section in the Settings screen where users can enable a different language in the application.

All you need to do is launch the app, tap the profile picture in the top right corner, and head over to the configuration screen of Google Maps. After the update, you should see a new menu called App language, and tapping it lets you choose from close to 80 languages.

An app reboot would then be required to save the changes and enable the new language in the interface of Google Maps.

As per reports, the new feature is rolling out gradually to devices across the world, and right now, it seems to be enabled with a server-side switch by Google itself. In other words, while some are going to get this new app language interface in Google Maps, others will just have to wait a little bit longer.

Google has remained tight-lipped on the ETA of this feature, so nobody knows for sure when general availability is supposed to be reached.

And of course, given Google is the one enabling this feature for each device, there’s not much you can do to get it earlier. It’s all being released as part of a gradual rollout, so the new language options would go live for more users when it is ready.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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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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