Google Maps On iOS To Have ‘Nearby Traffic Widget’

Google’s endless quest to create the perfect Maps app continues unabated with the release of another update pushed out to its legions of devoted iPhone users on Thursday. It was announced the new “Nearby Traffic” widget that pretty much does what it says on the tin, indicating traffic conditions along your route. (Photo : iOS Authority / YouTube Screenshot)

If you are that kind of person who wants to plan ahead and prepare various contingencies for traffic and whatnot, the latest update to Google Maps on iOS might something you might like. Google is now introducing a new widget in the form of “Nearby Traffic” which shows the current traffic around your location. This may help you detect what are the areas you can avoid for you to have a smooth drive.

Google Maps On iOS To Have ‘Nearby Traffic Widget’

According to 9to5 Mac, the latest update to Google Maps brings a new widget the displays traffic time for your location. The widget, seen below, displays a small map showing traffic congestion, with red depicting slow movement and green representing smooth sailing. Additionally, the widget offers up a description. Depending on conditions, the widget will read something along the lines of, “Light traffic in your area. Faster than usual.”


In addition, the announced update today seems to remove the Travel Times and Transit widgets that were brought to Google Maps just last month. It’s unclear why Google removed them and if they’re coming back, but for now, Nearby Traffic is the only widget available.

Ubergizmo reported that the new widget will also give a very brief description about the traffic, like “Light traffic in your area” and “Faster than usual”. It has also the ability to search for places along a route while you’re using the app’s turn-by-turn navigation feature. From the navigation display, you can tap the “Search” icon and choose from “Gas Stations” and “Restaurants” criteria or search for a specific place.

How To Update Your iOS Smartphone’s Google Maps

In any case, if you have yet to update your app or download Google Maps for iOS, then head on over to the iTunes App Store for the latest update.

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