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Google Maps Gets A New Update That Lets You Access Music

Through a new "commute tab", users would be able to see any congestion or disruption on their route before they leave and they will be given specific travel information.

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Google is introducing a new update for its Maps that would now provide more information for commuters. Also, users on Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play Music will be able to control music playback from within the navigation app which is likely to take less attention than switching between apps.

“Today, we’re rolling out new features on Google Maps to help you take control of your daily commute — enabling you to plan ahead, prepare for the inevitable disruptions, and possibly avoid them altogether,” Ramesh Nagarajan, Group Product Manager, Google Maps, wrote in a blog post late on Monday.

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The latest version of the application includes enhanced voice input.

According to the company, the new updates are rolling out globally via the Google Play Store and Apple App Store starting this week.

Through a new “commute tab”, users would be able to see any congestion or disruption on their route before they leave and they will be given specific travel information for each leg of their journey.

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“We’ll tell you if your commute is going to be a normal one or if you’ll need to budget extra time due to things like an accident or heavy traffic. In case of a delay, we’ll tell you about alternative routes to help you get to work faster.

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“On Android, you’ll also receive notifications about delays and disruptions on your route as they happen, so you can know about an incident before you get caught up in the delay,” Nagarajan added. (IANS)

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Google Introduces its Gaming Subscription Service with 22 Games on Board

Stadia is right now available in 14 countries -- Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US -- with a monthly subscription of Stadia Pro costing $9.99 (Rs 690 approx) in the US

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

Taking on Apple Arcade, Google on Tuesday finally launched its gaming subscription service Google Stadia with 22 games on board.

“Stadia will continue to add features and updates in the coming weeks and months, as well as more games. Twenty-six titles are coming this year, with many, many more in development all around the world,” Phil Harrison, Vice President and GM, Google Stadia, said in a statement.

Harrison had earlier confirmed that the company’s game streaming platform Stadia’s launch day line-up has been expanded with 10 more games, bringing the total to 22.

Assassins Creed Odyssey, Destiny 2: The Collection, GYLT, Just Dance 2020, Kine, Mortal Kombat 11, Red Dead Redemption 2, Thumper, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, and SAMURAI SHODOWN are the 12 games that were confirmed to be available on Google Stadia when it arrived.

Additionally, users will also be able to play Attack on Titan: Final Battle 2, Farming Simulator 2019, Final Fantasy XV, Football Manager 2020, Grid 2019, Metro Exodus, NBA 2K20, Rage 2, Trials Rising and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

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Google Vice President Phil Harrison confirmed on Monday that company’s game streaming platform Stadia’s launch day lineup has been expanded with ten more games, bringing the total to 22. Wikimedia Comons

Over the next six weeks, Borderlands 3, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2, and Darksiders Genesis will be playable on Stadia.

Additionally, in 2020, more games will come to Stadia, including Doom: Eternal, WatchDogs: Legion, Gods & Monsters, and Cyberpunk 2077.

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Along with Pixel smartphones, Google’s game streaming service will also support Chrome OS tablets such as the Pixel Slate, Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and HP Chromebook X2.

Stadia is right now available in 14 countries — Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US — with a monthly subscription of Stadia Pro costing $9.99 (Rs 690 approx) in the US. (IANS)