users with the Google Maps
app installed have received a handy new feature in the last
week: when viewing navigation and driving directions, the app
will now display Street View imagery, making it even clearer
when and where to turn. This has been available for some time
now on the web version of Google Maps, but bringing the feature
to the mobile app will make those times when it’s difficult to
read or identify street names less of a hassle.
Looking up directions to a location will still bring up a
text-based list of turn-by-turn steps, so if you prefer to read
there’s no need to worry. But now each step is accompanied by a
thumbnail of a Street View image. Tapping it will open the
full-screen Street View of that location, with an arrow
pointing in the direction of where users need to turn.
While the imagery isn’t quickly glanceable, it could be most
valuable in situations where drivers keep missing the turn they
need to make due to unclear intersections or missing street
signs. It also makes it a bit easier to understand the route
when scanning the directions ahead of time.
Another small change to the app is that the bottom navigation
bar takes up a bit more of the screen, but it uses that space
to clearly present information relevant to users’ present
location and the time of day. These updates are available now
in the latest version of the Google Maps app for Android. It’s
a safe bet they’ll be making their way to the iOS version in
the near future as well.
VIA Android Police