Google Maps Gets Updated With Enhanced Voice Control and Elevation Info for Bicycling
Google Maps just got updated to a new version, that brings out a few new interesting features. Folks who spend a lot of time on their bikes will be happy to know that now the app includes elevation information for bicycling.
Version 8.2 of the Google Maps app also brings the ability to execute voice commands from inside the app. This can be achieved by clicking on the new microphone icon in the search bar, which is used for commands like “show traffic” or “navigate to”. There’s another microphone shown in navigation mode, placed at the bottom left of the screen. Voice actions are quite limited at the time and users are required to experiment with whatever works.
Basic commands like asking Maps to show routes or give an overview of a route work without problems. You can display traffic or show the time left to a destination, both via voice actions. The elevation info mentioned above helps bicyclists avoid unnecessary uphill climbs and it will also tell them the distance of the elevation changes. You can wait for the new Google Maps to become available officially or download it from here.