If you want to get to your destination fast, then you’re better off using Google Maps or Waze over Apple Maps—Waze if you truly want the “fastest” option.
Apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze have taken almost all of the guesswork out of driving (at least until self-driving cars become mainstream). Just plug in your destination and follow the turn-by-turn directions until you arrive—simple as that.
The weekend I moved to San Francisco, I decided to celebrate finally moving all my stuff with a last-minute drive up to Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa. The brewery makes one of my favorite IPAs, which is hard to find outside of the brewery, and so I wanted to go grab some provisions for my new home. It was a…
Fascinated by the sound of your own voice? Wish you could hear your significant other whisper “turn left here” into your ear while on the road? Well, now you can with Waze on Android.
Google Maps is hand-down one of the best navigation apps on Android and iPhone, but considering most of us use it while driving, it’s easy to miss some of its features. Whether you’re new to Google Maps or a veteran, let’s take a look at the best ways to get the most out of it.
At 843 acres, New York City’s Central Park is one of the largest inner-city parks in the world. It’s so big, it’s not uncommon for people to get turned around and confused as they walk through it. Fortunately, there’s a hidden navigation method.
If you’re tired of driving downtown then spending half an hour to find parking, Google Maps’ new feature might be able to help you better prepare.
Smartphones and GPS devices make it easy to get around, but they can also inhibit your natural sense of direction if you rely on them too much. If you want to be a master navigator of an area, you need to put the screens away.
Android: Google Maps can remember a lot of things for you, like where you live or your favorite restaurants. However, it doesn’t remember your preferences to avoid toll roads or highways by default. Fix that with this Tasker action.
As you drive around a city, you’ll see streets, avenues, lanes, courts, parkways, and more types of roads than you can count. Turns out, those naming conventions aren’t just for kicks. They actually mean something.
Android: Google’s rolling out an update to Google Maps on Android that integrates your Google Calendar events and Google contacts into Google Maps.
Android: If you use Google Maps for your commute, you might notice a welcome new feature today. Some users are (finally) seeing speed limits while using navigation in the app.
iOS: As the saying goes, not all who wander are lost, and if your journey is more complicated than point A to point B, you can finally add more than one destination in Google Maps for iOS when you’re trying to get directions.
Android/iOS: It can be tricky to stay on the right path when you’re trying a new running route. RunGo solves that problem with turn-by-turn directions. They offer city tours that pass by scenic and historic locations, and even a few fun shapes, like the Darth Vader face above. You can also create your own.
Android: Google Maps is finally adding a desperately needed feature. Starting today, you can add multiple destinations to a navigation trip when you get directions on Android.
iOS: There are plenty of options to find directions when you need to get from point A to point B in a car, but what if you want a leisurely pedestrian route to explore a city? Sidekix offers urban navigation on foot that highlights interesting places en route to your destination.
Android: Google Maps just updated with a ton of tiny but useful changes. Chief among them, the persistent notification you see while using Navigation now has a new look that makes it much easier to tell where you’re going.
iPhone: Waze has updated its iPhone app with a new feature that estimates what traffic will be like on any given day at any given time, which helps you plan your day accordingly.
You wouldn’t really think there could be that much difference between turn-by-turn navigation apps, but even just a glance at Google Maps and Waze shows how different they are. They might both be owned by the same company, but they work completely differently.
If you’re listening to a podcast or audiobook on your iPhone while also getting directions through Apple Maps, you know how annoying it is when the navigation voiceover speaks on top of the other audio. Our friends over at How-To Geek point out you can actually pause that audio instead.