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Google Maps Gets New Navigation Notification And Automatic Map Downloads

Google Maps for Android’s recent update added a ton of tiny but useful changes. Chief among them, the persistent notification you see while using Navigation now has a new look that makes it much easier to tell where you’re going.


Waze Adds Planned Drives To Estimate Drive Times And Help You Figure Out The Best Time To Leave

iOS: Waze has updated its iPhone app with a new feature that estimates what traffic will be like on any given day at any given time, which helps you plan your day accordingly.


Turn-by-Turn Navigation Showdown: Google Maps Vs. Waze

You wouldn’t really think there could be that much difference between turn-by-turn navigation apps, but even just a glance at Google Maps and Waze shows how different they are. They might both be owned by the same company, but they work completely differently.


Automatically Pause Audio Books And Podcasts When Apple Maps Gives You Navigation Prompts

iOS: If you’re listening to a podcast or audiobook on your iPhone while also getting directions through Apple Maps, you know how annoying it is when the navigation voiceover speaks on top of the other audio. Our friends over at How-To Geek point out you can actually pause that audio instead.


Waze Adds 3D Touch Shortcuts To Quickly Get Directions From The Home Screen

iPhone: Waze can be an excellent navigation app, and today it gets a little better for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users with the addition of 3D Touch.


Google Maps Offline Mode Gets Navigation, Destination Search And More

Android: Google Maps is getting an update today that will add in a ton of information to downloaded offline maps. Beyond just being easier to download, you also get turn-by-turn navigation, location search, and more.


Waze Finally Looks Better, Is Less Of A Pain To Use

iOS: Waze just released a big design overhaul for its app that makes it a lot easier to use. It also ditches the intensely cluttered interface that always made it a bit of an eyesore.


Type 'Send Directions' Into Google To Navigate On Your Phone

Headed somewhere? Instead of opening up your phone and searching for a location, you can now just type “Send Directions” into Google on your computer, and send those directions right to your Android device.


How To Toggle First-Person View In Google Maps Navigation

Many people don’t realise this, but Google Maps navigation has two views: a first-person view (where the arrow faces forward at all times) and a map view, which shows a more traditional map and rotates the arrow. If you’ve somehow gotten stuck on the second, here’s how to go back to regular navigation.


Show Traffic And Road Incidents In Maps For Mavericks

The Maps app packed into Mavericks isn’t exactly overwhelming with features, but that doesn’t mean it’s not useful. OS X Daily points out that it includes a traffic indicator that you might have missed.


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