Google Maps Gets Another Update on Android, New Major Feature Announced

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Google Maps has received another update on Android and Android Auto, only that this time, the big changes seem to be targeting specifically the mobile version of the app.
Google has been hard at work on polishing the experience with Google Maps lately, and after rolling out version 10.50.4 on September 20, the company has published another update to version 10.51.1 on September 22.

Worth highlighting is that this is the very first 10.51 version, and while no changelog has been originally provided, Google itself just announced a new feature that would be enabled for all users starting this week.

Google Maps will display a new layer option in the app that will allow users to see more information on the health issue that we’re all trying to deal with these days. More specifically, the map will display the seven-day average of new confirmed cases per 100,000 people for each area that you’re exploring, and this is supposed to help each and every one of us make more informed decisions when it comes to traveling to a specific destination.

The new option is available in the layer screen in Google Maps and uses color-coding to indicate the regions with a big number of new cases.

Color coding also helps you easily distinguish the density of new cases in an area. Trending case data is visible at the country level for all 220 countries and territories that Google Maps supports, along with state or province, county, and city-level data where available,” Google explains.

The information that Google Maps displays on the map is imported from various sources, including John Hopkins, the New York Times, and Wikipedia, which in turn get data from a wide variety of sources like WHO and health ministries across the world.

Google says the new layer will show up on both Android and iPhone starting this week.
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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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