Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mobile 'Google Maps' App: More Dangerous Than It Needs To Be

Recently Google Maps mobile app updated itself, and in the process, Google had incorporated the Navigation mobile app into their Maps app.  It's nice and not nice, depending on how you look at it.  But more importantly, there's a function missing that the new app desperately needs.  Without it, the app is a dangerous utility to use while driving.

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It used to be that when you pulled up your (Google) Maps app on your smartphone, when you needed to drive to another address, you punched it in and were given the option to start Navigator.  You would start that app, and it would take you to your desired destination.

In the meantime, your Maps app could still be used.

Regardless, when you use Maps to see where you are and you needed to zoom in or out, there was this great little '+/-' icon (Zoom Buttons) in the lower right corner of your screen that allowed you to zoom in and out on the map.

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I'm not sure if that function came from the Labs add on or it was with the Maps itself.

Either way, it was an incredible "safety feature" within Maps because you did not need to use the 2-finger function to zoom in or out on the map.

But now that the app was updated, that zoom feature is no longer there.

Now, if you're using your smartphone (or whatever platform) to use Maps, you need your passenger to use two hands to zoom in or out because now you need the two-finger motion to do zoom.  This means either laying down the device or holding it in one hand and using the other hand to deploy the function.

And as far as I can tell, no matter where I look, there is no option to re-add this function.

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GOOGLE...  please figure out how to replace or return that one-button touch feature to zoom in this new version of Maps.

It would make your product a safer tool to use.

- from BeS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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