Google Maps 5.7 Released, Introduces Transit Navigation Beta

Google Maps now allows users to beam stop-by-stop directions for public transit straight to their Android device in over 400 cities. The navigation uses GPS, and alerts you when it’s time to hop off the bus or make a connection on the Metro. If you’re new to the area, it can be extremely helpful for navigating the frequently confusing public transit system.

5.7 also introduces an enhanced interface for switching between driving, walking, pubic transit, and turn-by-turn navigation. Search suggestions has also been improved with category icons to easily identify a result as a starred location, Places listing, or recently used. The Places photo viewer has also been updated for viewing user-uploaded pictures of locations.

Transit Navigation uses GPS to determine your current location along your route and alerts you when it’s time to get off or make a transfer. This is particularly helpful if you’re in a city where you don’t speak the language and can’t read the route maps or understand the announcements. After starting your trip with Transit Navigation, you can open another application or put your phone away entirely and Google Maps will still display an alert in your notification bar and vibrate your phone when your stop is coming up.


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