Considering how bad my sense of direction can be, I used to get lots of use out of my Garmin GPS. However, I haven’t had much need to turn it on over the past few years. Besides using it during our Quick Euro-Roadtrip (back in February), I can’t remember the last time that I’ve actually powered my Garmin on!
If you put aside the slow response from the touch screen and long waits for finding satellites, my Garmin works just fine.
The thing is, I found a much easier and more convenient GPS- the Google Maps app on my iPhone. (The Google Maps app is also available for Android.)
Initially I was against using my phone as my go-to GPS. I was worried about battery life or the problem of getting a call when I was in the middle of using the maps app. But when you search for a destination, Google Maps works so fast, so why wouldn’t I use it!
Besides using Google Maps for driving directions, I also use it the rare times I need to catch a train or bus.
The Google Maps app just introduced an update which includes some pretty cool, new features.
Here is a brief rundown of some new features:
- Google Maps now shows you what lane to stay in (or move to) so you’ll never miss your next turn or exit.
- Save maps to use offline. This will come in very handy when visiting places outside the U.S. where we never have cell service.
- If Uber is installed on your device, you can compare it with transit and walking options in some cities. If you choose Uber, once you select it you will be brought right to the app.
- Know exactly when to leave when taking public transportation. According to Google, select “Depart at” to choose the time and day you want to leave—or even “last train home” for those night owls.
I’m really looking forward to trying out some of these new features.
Find out more about all of the Google Maps app updates HERE. Let us know which features you feel will be most helpful.