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Google Maps update v9.13: add businesses, Street View thumbnails and more

Have you noticed a new Google Maps update hit your device? I have, and it happens to come with some nifty new features.

Published onAugust 23, 2015

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Have you noticed a new Google Maps update hit your device? It happens to come with some nifty new features. This upgrade takes the Search Giant’s mapping app to version 9.13. It comes with a couple main improvements, as well as your typical bug fixes, so let’s dig into all the details.

The coolest addition is the ability to see a Street View thumb showcasing your chosen location. This will allow users to know how their destination looks, before even hitting the road or getting directions. But what if the place you are going to isn’t on Google Maps? Now you can fix that yourself!

Google Maps now features a shortcut for adding missing restaurants, stores, bars, coffee shops and more. The function is easily accessible from the sidebar, so there’s no way to miss it. Now you can help the Maps community and add new businesses others may love to go to!

There’s also another neat improvement Google failed to mention in the official change log. Under Navigation Settings there is now an option to “play a test sound”. This will allow you to test volume and other settings before hitting the road. You don’t want to be messing with your phone while driving, do you?

The update is hitting the Google Play Store now, but be patient if you don’t see it showing up yet. Remember these app upgrades are usually rolled out periodically. Also, don’t forget to hit the comments section and tell us what you think about the new alterations. Will you be taking advantage of these features?

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