Google Wants to Make Sure Its Killer Google Maps Android Update Blows Your Mind

One of the biggest updates for Google Maps in a long time is the addition of a driving mode, with Android users in the United States allowed to give it a try as we speak.
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Mostly supposed to replace Android Auto for phones and put Google Maps at the core of the driving experience, the new driving mode is still in the preview stage. Now, Google is trying to make sure this feature is exactly what users expect it to be when launching it.

As it turns out, the search giant has started surveying users about the driving mode in Google Maps in an attempt to figure out what’s working right and what needs to be improved.

Did you enjoy the new driving mode?” Google asks in the email before requesting users to detail how they use it and share more information on their devices, including the screen size.

It's worth noting that Google is particularly interested in the navigation experience with the new driving mode. The search giant asks users not only how they want to run Google Maps on their phones (with or without the bundled Assistant mode) but also how they configured the bottom bar on their Android devices to interact with the app (3 buttons, 2 buttons, or gesture-based navigation).

Clearly, Google wants to improve the driving mode in Google Maps, and the best thing is the company plans to do the whole thing based on user feedback.

Of course, time will tell how the new feature of the navigation app evolves, but for the time being, it continues to be available for Android users in the United States exclusively. There’s no ETA as to when Google could bring it to more people out there. One interesting tidbit concerns a potential launch on the iPhone, as the company has so far remained tight-lipped on this update landing on Apple devices.
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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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