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Technology Google Maps can pronounce place names in local languages

18:55  13 november  2019
18:55  13 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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It's rolling out an update to Google Maps on Android and iOS that can speak place names in the local language . You can point a driver to a Japanese cultural center or a Spanish tapas bar without having to point frantically at the screen. And if you do need more than that translation to get around, there's a

This will leave only the local name in the country's language . Google couldn't be expected to solve that one until someone with knowledge of the local area makes maps where also small places are given English names (or transliterated). At least, it's hard to see how this could be automated by a

Navigation apps can be helpful for getting around an unfamiliar country... up until you need to ask someone for directions and can't say a place name. Google thinks it can help. It's rolling out an update to Google Maps on Android and iOS that can speak place names in the local language. You can point a driver to a Japanese cultural center or a Spanish tapas bar without having to point frantically at the screen. And if you do need more than that translation to get around, there's a direct link to Google Translate if you have it installed.

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The translation features should reach your device sometime in November. It won't be useful for every language at first -- there will be 'just' 50 to start. More are on the way, though. So long as it does fit the bill, you'll hopefully spend less time trying to share your destinations with locals and more time actually visiting them.

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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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