Google Maps, the popular web mapping platform, has announced a new update that brings emoji reactions and new features for public transit users. The update is designed to help users plan their trips and activities during the festive season and beyond.
One of the new features that Google Maps has introduced is the ability to customize your saved places with emojis. This feature will help you find your favorite spots faster and easier by adding a visual cue to your map. You can also use emojis to express your feelings about the places you visit and the reviews you read on Google Maps.
To add emojis to your saved places, you need to tap on the place you want to customize, then tap on the edit icon and choose an emoji from the list. You can also search for emojis by typing keywords in the search bar. You can change or remove the emoji anytime you want.
To add emojis to your reviews or photos, you need to tap on the emoji icon at the bottom of the screen and select the emoji you want to use. You can also see the emoji reactions of other users on the reviews and photos they have posted on Google Maps.
New transit search customizations and live traffic delays
Another new feature that Google Maps has added is the ability to customize your transit search options based on your preferences and needs. You can now filter your transit results by the number of transfers, the type of vehicle, the wheelchair accessibility, and the departure or arrival time. You can also see the estimated walking time and distance between each transit stop and your destination.
Google Maps has also improved its live traffic delays feature for buses in places where it does not have real-time information from local transit agencies. You can now see if your bus will be late, how long the delay will be, and the updated travel time based on the live traffic conditions along your route. You can also see where the delays are on the map so you can decide whether to wait or take another route.
How to get the new update
The new update for Google Maps is rolling out on both Android and iOS devices in nearly 200 cities around the globe. To get the new features, you need to update your Google Maps app to the latest version from the Google Play Store or the App Store. You can also check out the Google Maps blog for more details and tips on how to use the new features.