Google’s summer update is here folks and Maps is getting a bunch of highly anticipated features this year. Along with directions for a journey with multiple stops, users also have the option of saving their memories using the brand new timeline feature. What’s more, using images from the 2013 launched Landsat-8, the quality of images on Google Earth has been drastically improved as well.
Multi-stops was one of the most requested features and Google has finally decided to include it into its application. So now, when you want to make multiple stops during the course of your journey and still want Google to guide you using the best possible routes — well, you can do so using the new feature.
Simply set the location of the different scenic points, picnic spots, tourist locations, public restrooms and wherever else you want to be making a stop and voila! Google Maps will guide you though the course of your journey and from one stop to the other. The feature was already available on the web version of Google Maps however, its only now that the company is bringing it to mobile. You can also very quickly rearrange the order of stops if needed.
The feature will be made available to Android users first who will be followed shortly by iOS devices.
Another fun little feature being brought along by the summer update is the Timeline. The feature can be used to drop notes right next to your activities so that you can have a kind of memoir or diary for yourself. You can use it to record your travels or even when you are just being a couch potato. However, the feature appears to be rolling out only for Android users at the moment, with no hints for iOS.
Meanwhile, the updates top up a week that has seen Google significantly enhance and double down on its map capabilities.The company has updated Google Earth with the imagery transmitted by the Landsat 8 satellite, which was launched in 2013. The images sent by the new satellite offer
greater detail, truer colors, and at an unprecedented frequency — capturing twice as many images as Landsat 7 does every day.
Although, images sent by a single satellite images are often cloudy, Google looks at millions of images and picks the clearest pixels to stitch together the best possible, cloud-free and seamless image. So yes, the maps we have come to rely upon for all our directional needs has taken unbelievable engineering efforts on Google’s part.
This new rendition of Earth uses the most recent data available — mostly from Landsat 8 — making it Google’s freshest portrayal of Earth till date. You can view the changes by opening up the Google Earth service or the satellite view in Google Maps. Have fun!