Jul 18 AT 10:27 AM Nick Sarafolean 4 Comments

Google Maps adds in-navigation voice control among other features


Google Maps for Android is receiving a new update that adds in-navigation voice control, among other features. The update, which is version 8.2, adds support for controlling features of navigation by voice commands. The service is pretty confined and still needs to be activated by tapping the microphone button. More voice commands should be added in the future. For now, the following commands can be used:

  • How is traffic ahead?
  • Show route overview
  • What’s my next turn?
  • Show alternate routes
  • When will I get there?
  • What is my next turn?
  • Navigate to [place]

Bicyclists are also in for a treat, as Google Maps will now show an elevation map on your route to let you know how many hills there are to climb. If one route seems harder than another, you can compare them based on elevation to find the best choice.

The Google Maps interface has also received some tweaks. What used to be a profile button next to the search bar has been replaced by a microphone button. Additionally, your profile, offline maps, pins and other things can all be found in the “Your Places” tab in the slide-in drawer.

The update packs in a few features for everyone and brings in-navigation voice control, which is a long-requested feature. Hit up the Play Store link below if you don’t already have maps.


Via: Android Central

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  • Jeff Parker

    I especially like the two voice commands “What’s my next turn?” and “What is my next turn?” I can see myself using both of those.

  • thel0nerang3r

    Navigation of all apps, would benefit the most from having hands free controls.

  • allensmith

    Not exactly built in but Ulysse speedometer app works well with google maps. It has a floating speedo overlay that you can launch the same time as maps to show a constant speed readout.

  • Stefan

    I agree. Ulysse speedo is fantastic. Latest version has even more.