Google Maps gets a new icon, travel attributes, and much more for 15th birthday!

While most of the 15 years old are protracting their homework and disobeying their parents, here one of the most leading names in online mapping, the Google Maps is also turned 15 in this week. It’s tough to believe, but Google Maps got 15 years old now and updating its design and getting some new classy features.

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At first, the app is getting some instant refresh. The latest update will add two more tabs on the bottom of the home screen, which are: Explore, Commute, Saved, Contribute and Updates. It looks like this:

  • Explore: It works like it ever does, that highlight things you should check out in that area.
  • Commute: This tab is for your different commutes. Here so many good features available, that we’ll discuss later in detail.
  • Saved: Saved is a tab to create lists of your favorite shopping places or restaurants or wherever you want to go or want anything.
  • Contribute: It allows you to share your knowledge about local institutions or places to make Maps pages more updated and better.
  • Updates: It’s generally a page to check “must-visit spots” near you.

So, for commuters, Google launched a superb feature. Google is growing a lot on the feature it launched last year that accounted mass levels in public transit based on user data. Now, Google Maps can tell a bus or train’s temperature, their wheel-chair accessibility, its security levels and much more. This new trip feature will give a competitive advantage to the Maps.

And besides all the attributes, Google Maps is also getting a new icon that’s look like a pin from the app.

Live View and the AR-based walking assistant was also a feature of Google Maps in the last year. Google said that it will get more improvement in the upcoming months, such as the capability to look in the direction of your destination and also to see actually how far you are from the destination, these features could be really helpful in those circumstances when you don’t have any idea in which direction you should go!

Well, it is not a complete recreation, but Google Maps refreshed itself on its 15 birthday.   Given that the all information is correct and those new features (especially accessibility of wheel-chair) could be extremely helpful for the riders everywhere. In short, Google Maps got a new life on its 15th birthday! 

A New Voice Call App is testing by Facebook’s NPE

All the top rated social media apps are improving their virtual connectivity experience day by day by launching their new editions and updates. As it is playing an integral role in our society to keep family and friends connected during these days of social distancing.

Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team introduced Messenger Rooms for voice calls. It is the latest app which facilitates voice calls with your friends. This is the 6th app by NPE team and named as, CatchUp!

CatchUp, facilitates you to see when your friends are active (online) and available for voice call. Furthermore, you can also check the group chats that are on-going and it also provides you the opportunity to join the open group discussions and convo.

According to the description provided by the app: “Catching-up was never been so easy. To check who is online and easily join one-on-one and group calls. No need to make appointment to call or play phone tag. Concern less about it and keep in touch every time. Whenever you are free and want to talk, CatchUp!”

In this app, users can put their activity status to let their friends know about their doings and when they will available to chat and create chat groups. The option of auto-availability is also accessible which updates your status whenever the user gets connect via Bluetooth.

This app is currently being tested in the US, on the IOS and Android both, the complete success of this is still to be seen. There is only one particular option in this app which makes it different from Facebook Messenger and that’s the ability of seeing people either they are available specifically for call or not. Let’s see if this is able to facilitate people with all sufficient convenience that people install a separate app! 

It is quite possible that it becomes a regional hit in places where overall network quality is low and audio calls are the preferred means of communication.

And it may be probable that it will become a leading app in those places where network quality is not so good and voice calls are most preferred mean of communication.