Google Maps Gives You Wi-Fi Only, Warning of Mass Transit Delays

In the near future (or now, if you’re lucky) Google Maps will be able to tell you when there is a serious slowdown on your local public transport. You can also force Google Maps to only use data when Wi-Fi is available.

As noted by Android Police, Google Maps is rolling out these two new features to multiple users. Wi-Fi-only mode isn’t much different from what already exists, but it’s a little clearer. When you turn on Wi-Fi mode, you turn off cellular data from Maps. The app notes that it may still need a little data to run properly, but it will save you a ton.

Public transport warnings are much more interesting. If trains in your city are delayed, the app will inform you so that you can plan your route accordingly. You can even choose which lines you want to receive only the notifications you need.

Some users report that these features work, but they seem to be slow to roll out at best. If you have it on your device, let us know! Otherwise, you may have to wait a bit.

Update: A Google spokesperson explained that these features in Google Maps are experimental and based on user feedback, they will decide if they roll out more widely.

Google Maps introduces Wi-Fi-only mode and notifies some users of public transit delays | Police Android


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