Google just released a new update to Maps, with a new way to save maps offline, better navigation features, more accurate filters and information for places around you, comparisons between different method of transportation times and easier ways to remember cool places you’ve been and find out more about the places you want to go.
Lane info and a better offline mode
When using the navigation feature for Maps, it will now notify you of which lane you should be in, a nice addition that will help you avoid missing a turn-off. What’s more, it’s now easier to save maps for offline use. Before leaving to go somewhere that you know will have no internet, you simply search for the place beforehand and tap your way into the info sheet for that place. There you should see the option to ‘’save map to use offline’’ and you can even name the offline maps to something personal for you.
When the last drink is served and the last train leaves
More information and filters have been added when searching for places to go, whether it is a restaurant, a bar or hotel. This includes opening hours, ratings, pictures etc. They've also upped the ante for directions and getting to places with more accurate information, such as bus departures and the last train home times.
Favorites: places you've been and places you want to go are easier to access
Finally, you can easily save the places you like to go on your favorites list as long as you are signed in with your Google account. Just tap on the place card and add a star. This will then be available across all your devices and PC. What’s more, it’s now easier and more intuitive to view places you intend on visiting thanks to Street View. To get to this, tap on the place card and select Street View. This may not be available everywhere though.
The update (version 8.0) is rolling out to users in stages, but you can already install the APK for the newest version of Google Maps if you can't wait to get some of these new features.