Google Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands. People will need the latest version of Google Maps and Google Search, and will need to enable the "Ok, Google" keyword detection in both apps. Once activated, Android phones will clearly show which screens in Google Maps accept voice commands with a white microphone. Users can then issue commands such as "Ok, Google, find gas stations" and the app will search for and reveal nearby fuel stops. Beyond simple navigation and search functions, Maps users will also be able to control app functions directly, such as showing/hiding traffic, muting voice guidance, checking alternate routes, and more. Google hopes expanding voice commands in the app will allow people to use Maps while keeping their eyes on the road. Google Maps is free to download from the Google Play Store.
Google Adds Multi-Stop Directions to Maps
Google gave Google Maps users the ability to plan multi-stop trips. The latest version of Google Maps allows people to add multiple destinations to a single excursion.
Google Maps for iOS Gains Multiple-Stop Tool
Google has added the ability to plan multi-stop trips to its app for iPhones and iPads. The latest version of Google Maps for iOS allows people to add multiple destinations to a single excursion.
Google Maps for iOS Lets You Add Pit Stops
An update to Google Maps for iOS adds useful details about what's located along any given route. Using the refreshed Google Maps, travelers can easily find rest stops, restaurants, grocery stores, and gas stations — including gas prices — during their journey.
Google's Voice Assistant Now Works with Some Chat Apps
Google today extended the voice capabilities of its Google Search app by allowing it to interact with third-party messaging apps. People can now issue commands such as "Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message" to initiate and dictate messages in a handful of popular messaging apps.
Google Search App Can Be Used to Open, Interact with Other Apps
Google has updated the main search application for Android devices and expanded its ability to use voice commands with other installed applications. For example, users can say things like, "Ok Google, Shazam this song," or "Ok Google, listen to NPR" and it will do exactly that.