Maps update adds ride-sharing tab, timeline improvements, several other tweaks

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 16 Mar 2016

The Maps elves have been rather busy of late, bundling together several helpful updates that will speed up catching a ride keeping track of all your travels.

en you search for directions, you’ll soon see a dedicated tab with information for ride services. ile had already partnered up with Uber, there are new options available in other countries: Gett in the UK, 99Taxis in Brazil, Ola Cabs in India, Hailo in the UK Spain, mytaxi in Germany Spain.

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Find a ride right inside of Maps.

There are also a couple of hy improvements to your saved past places. 

As Android lice spotted, the Your aces screen now has the different sections organized by groups so you can more easily swipe through to what you want to see. 

You can also add a custom icon to go with where you’ve identified as your home work spots in Maps. Throw in a happy little sailboat or an igloo to spice up the drab icons.

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New icons can give some life to where you pin home work on Maps.

Your location history has some small but helpful improvements, offering you additional details about the distance time spent during local far-of travels.

Finally, you can now dismiss places that offers you to review. st touch the Overflow button get rid of it so you don’t have to keep scrolling past it when you’re trying to find another place on the list. 

l the new goodies (except for the ride services tab, which appears to be a server-side switch) can be found in version 9.22 of Maps, which is rolling out in the ay Store available now on A Mirror.

The impact on you: The whole batch is a good combination of improved design usability. If you take a lot of Uber rides, this can save you a step if you want to check out the destination first in Maps then hail your ride. I’ve found the location history to be an essentially useful tool for trying to recall previous travels, especially as part of the goal to move up the cal Guides ladder.