Real-time notifications on Google Maps soon


In November, Google updated the look, and feel of the Google Maps app to better highlight information relevant to drivers, or users of public transportation for instance.

For example, if you're looking for a coffee shop in a new neighborhood, you could open Google Maps and look for the nearest orange icon - the color code for Food and Drink places.

The idea here is to give you real-time updates while you are on your transit journey. Once you search and locate transit directions, you can press on that "start" button you see on the screen.

When you do, the app will start delivering live updates, depending on whereabouts you are on your journey.

The new feature would be especially useful for navigating a new city or for commuters who want to take a nap on the train without missing their stop. Details will pop up in the app, as well as, on the lock screen of your Android device.

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Over time, the new style will also appear in the apps, websites and experiences offered by companies that use Google Maps APIs as well.

But thanks to Google Maps stressful bus journeys and looking out of the window with a panicked expression feeling like you've missed your stop will be a thing of the past. This will allow commuters to have the peace of mind that their phones will remind them to get off at the right stop, even if they're exhausted or distracted.

At this moment in time, the update hasn't been rolled out officially, but TechCrunch believes that Google will push the update live soon and that the firm is testing it with select users.

Other recent additions to Google Maps include the new video review feature.