Top Stories: Google Maps toll charges, YouTube TV gets G4TV
In this week’s top stories: Google Maps is starting to show toll estimates and accurate road details, YouTube TV is gaining The Weather Channel and G4TV, Google Phone is gaining a Material You dialer, and more.
After being in testing for years, Google Maps has widely rolled out major improvements to its navigation maps, including making things like traffic lights and stop signs visible in the app. Plus, when planning a route, you can now know in advance roughly how much you might have to pay in tolls.
Finally, there is a trio of updates for iOS. It starts with a new pinned travel widget that will show arrival time, next departure in transit, and suggested driving routes. Google is also scaling back the Maps search widget, with those features rolling out over the next few weeks.
YouTube TV has expanded to add five new channels this week, including the much-requested addition of The Weather Channel. The other major new channel is the recently relaunched G4TV, which has renewed much of its classic original content as well as a slate of new shows.
The arrival of The Weather Channel was announced in January as later this year. That said, this is YouTube TV’s second dedicated forecast station after Fox Weather launched in February.
Google’s dialer app, aptly named “Phone by Google,” has received a new update for beta testers that added a Material You-inspired dial pad. While the redesign was initially only spotted on Pixel phones, it seems to have since spread to other Androids.
This new look for the dialer in the Google Phone app adopts more Material You aspects of Android 12. On Pixels, the look of the dialer is almost identical to the pinpad on the lock screen, as we’ve seen. noted on our first look. during the redesign in February.
Galaxy Watch 4 owners should have spotted an update in the past few days. Unfortunately, nothing major seems to have changed beyond the upgrade to the March 2022 Android security patch.
The rest of Samsung’s changelog is tiny, though. There’s the usual mention of various stability and reliability fixes, as well as mysterious improvements to Samsung Health. Based on a quick look, we couldn’t find anything noticeable that had changed.
Google Lens received a much-awaited expansion this week, with Google offering beta testers “multi-search” as a revolutionary new way to search. Multisearch uses the latest advancements in artificial intelligence to combine the words in your search query with what’s shown in the image of your choice, making it easier to find things that may be difficult to put into words.
This will allow you to enter a “question about an object in front of you or narrow your search by color, brand or visual attribute”. Examples include:
- Take a screenshot of an elegant orange dress and add the query “green” to find it in another color
- Take a picture of your dining set and add the query “coffee table” to find a matching table
- Take a picture of your rosemary plant and add the query “care instructions”
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