Google Maps is about to get better – especially if you use an iPhone

There’s absolutely nothing definitive about Google Maps, and no matter how many new features or improvements are brought to the app, there’s always more around the corner. There are a few upgrades on the way (Opens in a new tab)including a new mobile design and exclusive iOS-exclusive features for those rocking an Apple phone.

The first feature of note is the one that was already revealed last yearand adds another Waze feature to the Google Maps lineup. Now, instead of just telling you that a particular route has tolls, Google Maps can tell you how much that toll will cost.

Google Maps toll pricing on the navigation screen

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Using information from toll providers, and taking into account the day and time you’ll get there, Google can tell you all of this before you start navigating. As always, Google will still offer a free alternative when it’s available, and you can tell the app to avoid fees by tapping the three-dot menu in the top right and toggling Avoid fees.

Free pricing for Android and iOS will roll out this month, starting with the US, India, Japan and Indonesia.

Google Maps new detailed design on android and iphone

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The design of Google Maps will also change over the next week in “select countries”. Simply put, Google will add a whole lot of extra detail to Maps on all platforms to try to make driving in unfamiliar places less stressful. By all, Google means Android, iOS, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

These details include simple things like traffic lights and stop signs, as well as building plans and other areas of interest. Major cities will also get you more than that, with maps showing you the look and width of the road, any averages or islands on the way, and other details to help you know what’s coming and where your vehicle should be.

Google Maps in iOS Shortcuts App

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Finally, iOS users will be able to enjoy a host of additional things. This includes the ability to navigate from the Apple Watch, as well as direct integration with Siri, Spotlight, and the Shortcuts app.

Siri does work with Google Maps, provided you specify that you want to use Google Maps instead of Apple Maps. The details of the optimization are not fully detailed. But by incorporating shortcuts into the mix, it should make it easier to use Siri and Google Maps together.

The new Google Maps tool installed on iOS

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Some changes will also be made to the instruments, including a new “Stick Flight” widget. This name is fairly straightforward, allowing you to see important details about any flights you’ve previously installed in the Go tab on your home screen. Google Maps search is also shrinking, giving you more room to get other things.