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Maps for Android updated with voice commands in navigation, biking elevation info

Maps for Android updated with voice commands in navigation, biking elevation

Google Maps is already a top-notch mapping and navigation app, and Google is making it even better with an update to version 8.2. The update brings changes that will be of use to cyclists and to basically anyone who uses navigation in Maps, and also makes numerous interface changes.

The first big feature in the update is voice actions in navigation mode. With the press of a button, you can ask Maps various questions, like the distance left to your destination or the next turn you have to take, and issue commands such as muting voice guidance or enabling or disabling the display of traffic details. The voice commands are said to be very sensitive, however, which might make them a tad inconvenient considering you will be concentrating on getting your commands right while keeping your eyes on the road.

The other big feature is biking elevation – it is in beta for now, but it will offer cyclists info on their route and show them multiple routes, while pointing out which route will require them to climb more (or less.) Other changes include the moving of Places to the slide-out navigation menu, non-bold display of the estimated time of arrival (ETA), and a voice icon appearing in the search bar.

The update is currently rolling out on the Play Store, but as with all Google app updates, could take a few days to reach your device. If you’re impatient, simply grab the APK file for the new version from the link below, move it to your device, and update manually.

Download APK

Via: Android Police