Google releases new traffic alerts on Google Maps for Android and iOS in India

Google Maps for Android will now offer users various options for alternate routes and explanations for its recommendations.

Google has announced that Maps for Android and iOS will now offer users various options for alternate routes and explanations for its recommendations. It will inform users whether the route suggested by it is the fastest or only avoids traffic.

Sanket Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps stated in a blog post, "Luckily, Google Maps can help you find the most ideal route to your destination with the least delays. Just in time for you to hit the road, we’ve updated Google Maps with new traffic alerts to help you avoid jams."

When you input your destination in the app, you will get a spoken alert for upcoming traffic conditions that helps you identify the quickest route. Google Maps will also give you a heads up if a congestion lies ahead, and how long you would be stuck in a jam. In addition, you will also get the option to take alternate routes, including explanations for why one is recommended too.

If a user is in navigation mode on their iOS or Android device, they will see these updates automatically. Recently, Google announced that Street View imagery of Sri Lanka is now available on Google Maps. This implies that people in Sri Lanka and around the world can now view Sri Lanka in 360-degree panoramic imagery from their phone, tablet or computer.

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