For instance, recently I found that Google Maps changes so much with new features and hidden old features that I almost found it not helpful.
However, Google Maps keeps bringing me back the attention due to its ability to detect traffic congestion on my usual driving routes (and timing) - thanks to integration with Waze - and I found it to be very helpful.
Note: In order to enjoy this feature, you have to install the Google Search (Google Now) app from Google Play - it works almost like an information aggregation - another cool feature is the ability to send you updates on your search patterns, and it will also indicate current and weather forecasts.
Today, I am trying to figure out a way to save directions for Google Maps as preparation of traveling to an outstation location - I wanted to save money not to buy a dedicated GPS device.
I found that most information from the Internet are outdated; those information are based on older versions of Google Maps and Android - for instance:
- 'Save to My Map' feature is only available in older version of Google Map.
- Layers button is missing from Google Maps in Android
Hence, here is a solution that manage to figure out which works:
- Search and locate the destination at home from Google Maps, then save it
- When you are near a destination, start Google Maps and click on 'Get Direction' button
As long as the 'Location' services is enabled, you are able to 'Start Navigation' - even if you are on airplane mode.
This is because you are communicating with GPS Satellites.
Android 4.4.2 provides the 'Location' services in three modes:
- High accuracy - uses a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile networks to determine location
- Battery saving - uses Wi-Fi and mobile networks to determine location.
- Device only - uses GPS to determine your location.
Good luck on your journey!
Nevertheless, we still have to feel grateful for these free apps - thank you Google Maps and Waze.