Technology The Google Maps feature we’ve been waiting for is finally available to all Android users
Google Maps just got a great new feature – but only on iPhone, not Android
A few days ago, Google brought one of the features that was missing from the desktop Google Maps experience to the mobile versions of the app. That’s Street View support, which can now easily be enabled from the layers button. The feature is only available on Android for the time being though, which is hardly surprising. But Google also brought a handy feature to the iPhone version of Google Maps that doesn’t seem to be available on Android, which is quite strange considering Android is, you know, Google’s own mobile platform.
Announced initially at Google I/O back in May, Google Maps incognito mode finally hit testing in early October. Incognito mode on Google Maps is a welcome privacy addition to the popular app, allowing users to untie some of their Google Maps activity from their Google accounts. And now, the feature is finally available to everyone using the navigation app on an Android device.
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.
You don’t have to sign out of your Google account to enjoy an enhanced degree of privacy. Just switch it on and off whenever you want your Maps data not to be associated with your Google account. While incognito Maps is on, Google won’t save search history or send notifications, it won’t update your Location History or shared location data, and it won’t use personal data to personalize Maps, as the company explained in its support document.
In a separate, Google lists all the Maps features that won’t be available while the incognito mode is switched on:
Tip: Location History will be paused for your entire device, not just Maps.
Notifications and messages
Search completion suggestions
Google Maps Contributions
Google Assistant microphone in Navigation
Additionally, the microphone for Google Assistant will not be available in incognito mode, but you’ll still be able to summon the Assistant with the usual “Ok Google” command. Mind you, however, that data you share with Google Assistant while in incognito mode isn’t also treated as incognito by Assistant.
The feature will likely roll out to iPhone and iPad users later down the road, as has been the case with most new Google Maps features.
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Facebook competition Le Bon Coin with its online sales platform between individuals
Facebook has launched an online sales area ("Marketplace") available for its iOS and Android applications this Monday, October 3. The new Facebook eBay could land in France in the coming days.
And now, there is a new space to sell things to strangers on the Internet. Facebook has unveiledof his knife-Swiss: online retail space between individuals.
It will soon be possible to make an offer directly on Facebook to buy an item offered for sale by another user. But no money will pass through Facebook, said Mary Ku, project manager at Mashable.
"We make the connection between the buyer and the seller easier, but then they decide for themselves how they will do the transaction," she said.
In other words, Facebook becomes (also) The Good Corner. You will soon see on your news feed items sold by people located in your area, offer them money, and decide on details later. On this last point, the distinction withHow does it work? or Le Bon Coin is clear: there will be no transaction by credit card or Paypal on Facebook.
All in all, quite simply: you will need to click on the tab of the sales area at the bottom of your screen to be transported on a page that lists the ads in your area. The selection can then be refined through keywords or categories, and expand to other cities. Once you've identified the purpose of your dreams, you can send a message directly to the seller or go for a ride on his public profile - the same one he uses to interact with his friends - to make sure everything is in order.
Hand delivery, mail, check, cash ... all the logistics are discussed directly with your interlocutor. Facebook does not care about how you pay and it's quite logical: to make its users use its new feature, the social network has every interest in making things simple, no history of taxes, cards credits or shipping costs.
Same topo to sell an object, it will be enough to press the sales button, take a picture and fill in a small description.
The project leader told Mashable that the feature would only be available to users over the age of 18 and currently available only in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Zealand.No (yet) automatic
While Facebook has already made the headlines a few weeks ago with the introduction ofon - automated assistants to help you do your shopping, buy your flowers and well other things - his e-commerce project prefers to be part of a man-to-man approach - to understand without small algorithms to sell your data to companies - explains Mary Ku.
"We know that many people are discovering products on Facebook," says the project manager. "We are building our project around this idea and want to go further."
There will be no integrated advertising to the new feature, assured a Facebook representative to Mashable, and advertisers will not be able to target individuals based on their purchases on the platform. Users will also be able to report products that violate Facebook's terms of service - such as guns - and the items offered for sale will all be moderated by the network's staff - although the company does not specify whether will be an automated process or not.New feature, old idea
Facebook had already tested the online salebut the feature exists . At the time, its followers could use the version of Facebook for computer to create their own ads. The company also explained that more than 450 million users already use Facebook groups to buy and sell items, as is the case in Wanted # good plans in France.
The biggest social network wants to "just make [the process] simple and accessible," says the project manager.
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Google Maps for iOS gets Incognito Mode .
You no longer need an Android phone if you want to keep your Google Maps activity (mostly) private. Google is rolling out Incognito Mode to iOS users as of today, giving you the same ability to search for and navigate to locations without leaving records behind on your account or Location History. Again, this won't affect Assistant queries or prevent outsiders from theoretically snooping on your Google Maps traffic -- this is mainly so that Google (and anyone with access to your phone) won't know what you've been looking for.Android users are getting an additional privacy control of their own.
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