Technology Google Maps will now let you follow its top local guides
Google begins official testing for Maps Incognito Mode
Back in May at Google I/O 2019, the company promised that Chrome's Incognito Mode will expand to Maps for Android; on Wednesday, about four months after the original announcement, testing for the feature has finally begun. As first reported by Android Police on Wednesday, Google has begun testing the Google Maps Incognito Mode feature first announced in May at this year's I/O 2019. As with the Incognito Modes available on Chrome and YouTube, Incognito Mode for Maps would "prevent your search queries and real-time tracked location from being recorded onto your Google account.
Going somewhere new is always exciting: in all the small ways that nevertheless matter, you get to feel like a different person. Who will you decide to be? It also produces the same dilemma: where will you go, and what will you do while you’re there?
Though there’s never a definitive answer to those questions — one person’s tourist trap is another person’s life-changing experience — it does help to know what your options are. And now, Google Maps is making it easier than ever to figure those options out with the release ofthat lets you follow its top Local Guides. Though the program is currently limited to Bangkok, Delhi, London, Mexico City, New York, Osaka, San Francisco, São Paulo, and Tokyo, it means that Google is getting more serious about making its Maps a quasi-social experience. It’s an expansion of the company’s earlier efforts — last year, like you would anyone else on social media.
Google Maps adding reporting features to Android, iOS
Google Maps is about to get some new features that will help users report on incidents such as accidents and speed traps in an upcoming update. © Shutterstock Google Maps is adding real-time reporting features to the app. These real-time reporting features were popularized by the navigation app Waze, which is owned by Google.Waze has a devoted user base because it can sometimes give drivers a better picture of the road conditions that may affect the drive. Navigation apps like Google Maps previously did not identify road conditions that could affect traffic, such as speed traps.
Google describes itsas a “global community of explorers who write reviews, share photos, answer questions, add or edit places, and check facts on Google Maps.” (Reply All’s about a Local Guide in Santa Fe, NM, has a fun exploration of how exactly the program works in practice for those users who participate.) Local Guides are the people, in other words, who can tell you how you might best experience a new place. And that’s valuable. How are you supposed to figure out who you are in a new place if you don’t know where to go?
iOS devices get incognito mode for Google Maps .
Google Maps users with an iOS device are finally getting their hands on a tool that mobile Android owners have had for months: incognito mode. Android users have had this tool for months now, and soon, they will be gaining another Maps privacy feature for which iOS users will have to wait. In January, those Android Maps users will be able to delete their timeline and location history in bulk.While Android owners await this feature, Apple users can enjoy going incognito in Maps.
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