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By Costea Lestoc. Published on May 31, 2015. 0
Google’s annual developer conference took place on May 28 and 29 and in one of these days, the giant company announced the updates for the Google Maps app and its smart personal assistant. So, in the near future, the users will have improved offline functionality for the web mapping service, although the way to save offline maps is still the same. However, Maps will support offline turn-by-turn navigation, as it already worked on a phone switched to Airplane Mode. Lastly, Google Now, the popular personal assistant will get the “Now on Tap” feature.
Google is taking small, safe steps to improve all of its services and at the I/O 2015 event, the company announced that the Maps users will get the offline turn-by-turn navigation feature, but it’s not certain yet when it will work on this application. However, even if you download offline maps, this feature will be available to help you reach your destination, in case you have a mediocre cellular connectivity. And countries like India really have this problem, and the users are really struggling to get directions while they’re driving. The only downside of saving offline maps and getting navigational information offline is that they occupy a lot of internal storage on your device.
As for Google Now, the personal assistant has received a new feature called “Now on Tap”, which will allow the users to activate this service from any screen or application, by just tapping and holding the home button, without needing to close the current running application. For example, if you want to send an email to a friend containing movie listings, you will tap on the name of the movie and hold the home button. The personal assistant will extract relevant Now cards and show you information related to the movie. And you won’t need to leave your current application! Also, when chatting with someone and you’re planning to go out and have dinner in a restaurant, with “Now on tap” you will get more information about the chosen restaurant and you will be able to make a call and reserve a table.
Google Inside search blog wrote that “This is another way developers can get their apps in front of their users at the right moment, when an app is relevant to the task at hand”.
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