Google has announced that its popular Timeline feature for Google Maps on Android has been added to Google Maps iOS app, making it available to iPhone and iPad users for the first time. With the updated version 4.30.0, Google maps for iOS introducing a new Directions Widget that allows Google Maps users to access turn-by-turn navigation directly onthe lock screen of the Apple device.
About the widget that can be enabled by heading over to the Today View of the Notification Center, scrolling down to the “Edit” button, and then enabling Google Directions. Once turned on, the navigation directions will be available through the widget in the Notification Center, which can be accessed by simply swiping right on the lock screen.
There’s another update to Today’s View also introduces a new Google Maps iMessage app that’s designed to let users send their current location to friends and family members without the need to leave the Messages app.
The new Google Maps Messages can be enabled pretty easily through the Messages App Store. When installed, it establishes the user’s location, allowing information to be shared right in Messages app. Along with the new widget and Messages app, the latest version of Google Maps also includes unspecified bug fixes.
Now, speaking about the Google Maps for iOS app’s new Timeline feature. With Timeline, Google Maps keeps track of all of the places that have been visited, so users can have a past account of where they’ve been and what they were doing at that time.
The Timeline is fully editable, with users able to delete a day, date range, or even complete location history at any time. It’s more customization with different activity types, so that you (users) can mark what they were doing and what mode of transportation was being used.
Place cards of locations or businesses that are searched for in Maps will include the dates of past visits and can be used to quickly access Timeline information, plus Google also includes an option in iOS Maps to receive monthly emails summarizing all of the places that have been visited.
The new Timeline features, including widget for turn-by-turn navigation on lock screen are also available to iOS users starting today.
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