This week, the company released new updates to Google Maps for the stable and beta test channels, and while very little seems to have changed, those releases are important for several reasons. One of them is for the beta, as this is the very first build part of 10.59, so it’s possible that Google is working on bigger improvements for its navigation app.
The most recent stable version, on the other hand, is 10.58.3, so it’s only a minor release after the 10.58.2 update released in mid-January. In other words, there’s a good chance it’ll fix some bugs, although Google hasn’t shipped change logs, it’s just a guess at this time.
On the other hand, the new beta of 10.59.0 could signal that something big is imminent.
Google recently worked on several major improvements for Google Maps, including the highly anticipated Drive Mode exclusive to Android devices.
Announced with much fanfare at the end of 2020, the new driving mode is supposed to turn Google Maps into the new Android Auto for phones, giving users a completely redesigned experience behind the wheel.
Google Maps is now at the heart of the driving experience, providing easy access to phone calls, the music app, the Google Assistant, and everything important in the car, all from a user interface similar to Android Auto for phones.
However, this new mode is currently in the preview phase in the United States and only for Android users, with Google promising to release it to more users in 2021. For now, however, no further specifics are available. available, although it shouldn’t take too long before more of us can try it.