Over the past year, Google Maps has received many new features to help you get around, pay for parking, and stay informed about new services in your area. In its latest iOS update, Google is revealing more of its most used features to help you access them faster. It also adds a dark mode to reduce the strain on your eyes, and a new real-time location feature for iMessage that can help you keep track of your friends and loved ones.
The latter allows you to share your location in real time during text messages by pressing the Google Maps button. Although the feature is active for one hour by default, you can extend it to three days or turn it off by pressing the stop button. The real-time location is reminiscent of the safety features built into passenger calling apps such as Uber and Lyft.
If you often use Google Maps to check traffic conditions, you can now place this information right on your home screen using a new widget. It’s the same with the search bar, which allows you to search for places to visit or find frequently visited places with a tap. Of course, quick access features are made possible by the fact that Apple introduced iPhone widgets with iOS 14 last fall.
Dark mode is self-explanatory and you can turn it on in the settings. It’s just weird that it took so long for a widespread feature to appear in Maps on iOS.
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