Google enhances Maps for Android and iPhone browsers

Google has updated its mobile browser-based mapping service, to bring it more in line with dedicated Google Maps apps for Android and iPhone.According to a blog post on Friday by Google software engineer Alireza Ali, users of those smartphone platforms are now able to see their current location — after agreeing to transmit such information to Google — and search for nearby locations with suggest and autocomplete.

Google has updated its mobile browser-based mapping service, to bring it more in line with dedicated Google Maps apps for Android and iPhone.

According to a blog post on Friday by Google software engineer Alireza Ali, users of those smartphone platforms are now able to see their current location — after agreeing to transmit such information to Google — and search for nearby locations with suggest and autocomplete.

Users can also get driving, biking, public transport and walking directions, turn on satellite and directions layers and view Place pages.

"Google Maps for mobile browsers is platform independent — you will always get a consistent experience and the latest features without needing to install any updates, no matter what phone you use," Ali wrote, also noting that 40 percent of all Google Maps usage takes place on mobile phones.

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