Google Maps Update

Google Maps update could help you get  from point A to point B faster
21 September 2016 – Last updated:20th Sept 2016

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Changes to navigation function should make mapping app even better.

A small change to Google Maps could make it much easier to get from A to B when you’re in an unfamiliar town or city.

Until now, the blue navigational arrow on Google Maps has provided a basic, if sometimes inaccurate way of checking whether you’re going in the right direction.

Now, Google has change the arrow to a blue beam showing the correct way to your destination. The wider the beam, the less accurate it is, meaning your phone is likely having problems getting a solid GPS signal.

Google says you can fix this by holding your device in the air and drawing a figure of eight with it. Strange sure, but an amusing fix nonetheless.

When the beam narrows down, it means Google Maps has found a stronger lock and is sending you the right way.

This small tweak is likely to be a boon for those who get lost or find Google Maps sometimes can’t work out which way it’s going.

At the moment the update is only available for Android. There’s no word on when iOS will be getting the change, but expect Google to roll it out soon.

Google’s Blog

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Always know which way you’re headed with this Google Maps update

September 20, 2016

One of the basic features of the Google Maps app is the ability to open the app and find out which direction you’re facing in a matter of seconds. To make orienting yourself even easier in Google Maps for Android, we’ve replaced the direction arrow on your blue dot with a shining blue beam – think of it as a flashlight guiding your travels.

The beam also tells you how accurate your phone’s direction is at any given time. The narrower the beam, the more accurate the direction. The wider the beam, the more likely it is that your your phone’s compass is temporarily un-calibrated, which means that its sensors aren’t working as they should be. This can happen by doing something as simple as charging your phone or walking by a metal pole, which most of us do everyday. Thankfully, there’s a really easy fix. Any time you want to get back on track – not just when you see a prompt or notification – simply move your phone in a figure 8 motion a few times. This should immediately result in a more accurate direction.

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Once you master the curving motion, you’re one step closer to having a more accurate compass when you use Google Maps on your Android phone.

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Source: uSwitch, Google

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