Google Maps updated with in-app music controls to make navigating easier

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Google Maps has recently got a lot updates in the last couple of months and today the app has got a new feature that will “help you take control of your daily commute — enabling you to plan ahead, prepare for the inevitable disruptions, and possibly avoid them altogether.”

The update lets you control Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play tunes from within the Maps app while in navigation mode.

The Drive tab is the main focus of the update and is being rebranded as Commute. In addition to the name change, Google Maps will now show if your regular commute to work/home has any delays. If there are, you’ll be given the best alternative route and estimates of the best time to leave based on real-time traffic reports.

The other new Maps feature is the ability to plan your commutes in the new “commute” tab. Google will warn you of extra traffic and delays, and it’ll also recommend alternative routes if need be. Android users will also get notifications about delays and disruptions.

Finally, Google has added real time positioning for buses and trains in 80 regions all over the globe. In Sydney, users get another useful feature: They’ll know how full their bus or train is before it arrives. This feature, Google says, will roll out to more cities worldwide “soon.”

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