We are happy to report a new update to Google Maps for Android, which brings a new Commute tab. This Commute tab will replace the Driving and Transit tab, and it gives you a more in-depth look at your commute. You can use this new feature if you are going to school or going to work, and it will provide you a better view of things overall. This new update to Google Maps is rolling out right now on Android. We have all of the latest details about the Commute tab on Google Maps, so keep reading to learn more.
Commute Tab Added to Google Maps Update on Android
The coolest part about the new Commute tab is that it will give you even more details to help you plan out your trip accordingly. There will be the normal time estimates and you will still be able to see your regular route. Additions to this app include more information concerning delays, which is great if you have mixed methods of transportation for getting to and from a location.
The Commute tab will show you the alternate routes you can take. As a disruption occurs, you will get a notification alerting you, which allows you to plan other ways to go. The Google Maps update will now take into account foot traffic, train departures, and more to give you an estimated time of arrival.
With the new Google Maps update, you will also have in-app controls for music streaming apps. This allows you to listen to music while on your way through your morning commute. The three streaming apps that this integration will work with includes Google Play Music, Apple Music, and Spotify.
You will only have basic functionality with Apple Music and Google Play Music though. Spotify is the only music streaming app that gives you more functionality. With the Spotify functions, you can browse playlists, podcasts, songs, and albums. You will no longer have to worry about one-handed toggling of the buttons, which is going to be very helpful.
Commute Tab is Not Only New Feature in Google Maps
The music streaming integration is definitely a huge positive for Google Maps, and the Commute tab is also going to come in handy. There are even more additions to the Google Maps Android app, including real-time locations of trains and transit buses. The real-time data on buses and trains is rolling out to people within 80 different countries worldwide.
This allows you to see exactly where these modes of public transportation are at, which can help you figure out whether or not the transportation is on time or delayed. It is going to help you determine whether or not you need to rush in order to get to that bus or train or if you can wait for the next one.
The Commute tab and other new features can be found if you install the latest update for Google Maps. It appears to be a server-side update, which means it will be rolling out a little bit at a time. Google said that you should head to Google Play to download the latest update right now. If you would rather wait, then the over-the-air update should be rolling out to your device within days.
Google Maps Commute Tab is Exciting
One thing we love about this new Google Maps update is the more detailed information on your route. More details and real-time notifications about delays are going to be a life-saver for so many people. You will no longer have to worry about being delayed because of an accident if you get the notification in real time.
In the comments below, we want to know what you think about the new Google Maps update. Do you think that the Commute tab is going to be beneficial for you as you travel to work or school? Are the notifications about delays something you find useful as you begin your daily journey? What else should Google Maps add in the future to make it easier for you to get from point A to point B?