Google Maps Lets You Choose Your Carūüöó

iOS users, now you can swap that boring blue Nav arrow for a flashy red sport car or a sensible pickup truck.

What? no Go Karts?

New icons on Google Maps iOS

To Select Your Vehicle in Google Maps 

  1. Launch Google Maps, and start navigation.
  2. Tap the Nav arrow. The Choose Vehicle pane will appear.
  3. Select preferred vehicle and enjoy that new car smell!

Cheers!

quincy

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Google Lens does Text Capture and More!

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Google¬†Lens, is making its presence known, as a stand-alone app, and as an upgraded feature of Photos (for select Android phones*). With Lens’ OCR (object-character-recognition) capabilities, you can easily:
*16-Mar update:  Google Lens now also avail on iOS on devices.

  • Create a Contact from a printed business card
  • Initiate a a web-search the Web using an image
  • Translate the menu at a restaurant

…and more!

To Activate Lens 

  1. Take a picture and view it using Photos
  2. Tap the Lens  icon 220px-Google_Lens_logo.

Cheers!

quincy

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Comments and questions are always welcome!

 

Mar 10 is Mario Time on Google Maps!

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Google is having a little fun with the date March 10 (a cheeky way to spell Mario) by adding this colorful character to Google Maps. Android and iOS users with the updated app can request directions and have the plucky plumber/racer show them how to get there.

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To Activate Mario Time 

  1. Launch Google Maps
  2. Click GO, and enter starting point and destination
  3. Click question mark,¬†mario-clipart-mystery-box-3,¬†then click LET’S-A GO!

Optionally, you can share Mario’s trip to @GoogleMaps on Twitter and/or tag it¬†#MarioMaps¬†in Instagram (but be careful of posting personal location info).

Cheers!

quincy

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Google Maps: Location Sharingūüďć

Google Location Sharing2.gifNEW: Google Maps Location Sharing, available to those with and those without Google accounts, enables you broadcast your location to those you choose.

Used in connection with ¬†Maps’ Directions feature (aka, Drive mode) you can automatically send updated ETA information, so loved shared ones will know whether you’re stuck in traffic or have dropped into¬†the pub for a pint.

Share your location with other Google account users…

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Share location and then Add People Add people.
  3. Tap Select People.
  4. Choose who you want to share with and for how long.
  5. Tap Share.
..or with those that do not have a Google Account
  1. On phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Share location.
  3. Tap More More and then Copy to clipboard.
  4. Using preferred messaging or mail app, paste link and send to intended recipients.

To stop sharing your location

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Share location.
  3. Tap Remove next to shared person to Remove.

To share your ETA

After you start your drive, you can share your destination, estimated arrival time, and where you are on the route.

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Set a driving destination.
  3. After you start navigation, tap More and then Share trip progress.
  4. Choose a person from the list.
  5. Tap Share.

Location Sharing will stop when you reach your destination or stop navigating. To stop sharing before you arrive, tap More  and then Stop sharing.

See where someone is

If someone shares their location with you, you can see them on the map.

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. Tap Menu Menu¬†and then ‚ÄčShare location. Location sharers will appear as icons.
  3. Select person; the map will adjust to display their location.

Stop seeing someone’s location

  1. Open the Google Maps app Google Maps.
  2. On the map, tap sharer’s icon.
  3. At the bottom, tap More Up arrow.
  4. To temporarily hide someone, tap Hide from map.

Cheers!

h…ĒuŠīČnb

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Google Maps Easter Egg

Continuing the Easter Egg celebration from my previous post,

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This one comes from Google Maps. Add a playable Pac-Man to street view.

How to play Pac-Man on Google Maps

  1. Open Google Maps on your computer.
  2. Navigate to a place on the map where you want to start your game.
  3. Click the PAC-MAN pin on the map . If no pin is visible, in the bottom left, click PAC-MAN.

Your map will change to a game board, and you can start playing.

 

Cheers!

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