Earlier this week, we told you about a fantastic new feature coming to the Google Maps Mobile app that could potentially change the way you explore the areas around you. Well, Google on Wednesday afternoon announced that its terrific new Explore feature has now rolled out to its iOS and Android mobile apps.
Google Drive is two years old now and Google’s cloud storage solution seems to be still going strong thanks to its integration with Google Docs and Gmail. There’s one thing still missing though: a lack of an official Linux client. Apparently Google has had one floating around their offices for a while now, however it’s not seen the light of day on any Linux system.
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Google has shown off a candidate for a new Chrome OS user interface. Dubbed “Athena”, the new UI appeared fully grown from the head, and Google+ page, of Googler François Beaufort. Athena “is a brand new project the Chromium OS team is experimenting with in order to bring a new kind of user experience,” Beaufort writes, adding “As you can see below, the first draft consists in a collection of windows with some simple window management.”
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Google Maps is receiving an update to version 8.2 today, with a solid set of new features including in-navigation voice control, elevation change information for bicyclists and faster access to voice input from the main maps screen. The biggest change in this latest version is the ability to give Google Maps voice controls while you’re navigating, something that hands-free driving advocates (and just frequent drivers) will be a fan of. While navigating you’ll now see a small microphone button in the bottom left corner of the interface, which you can tap and then give commands to the phone with.
We’ve found a few different actions you can take:
- How is traffic ahead?
- Show route overview
- What’s my next turn?
- Show alternate routes
- When will I get there?
- What is my next turn?
- Navigate to [place]
After playing around with it the system doesn’t seem too terribly smart just yet — for example you can’t say “hide traffic” to remove the traffic display, or make other seemingly-natural language requests that deviate from the scripted queries. There also doesn’t seem to be a completely hands-free wakeup phrase such as “OK, Google” that we’re all used to. For now you’re tapping the on-screen button, but that’s miles ahead of performing several taps just to see what’s coming up on the map.