My Favourite App – Google Maps

`This is an App I find myself using more and more, especially when I’m out and about.

Google Maps is often preinstalled on Android phones, if it is not you can install it from the Play Store. It uses the GPS location service and mobile data to work out where the phone is and show you a map of the area.

There is a search bar, similar to the ones you find on an internet browser however this is linked to things on the map, so, for instance, you can look for restaurants or petrol stations. This is great if you are in a new town and you are looking for something to eat. When you search for something you can click on the icons on the map and it will offer you directions to it. You can choose between travel by car, public transport, walking or cycling. I found this particularly useful on a recent trip to London to find things nearby.

You can also use Google Maps to search for any location, both in the UK and further afield. I know a few people that use Google Maps as a Sat Nav, as it gives you road directions to just about anywhere.

Those with mobility issues can now search for wheelchair-accessible transit routes. Type your desired destination into Google Maps, tap “Directions” and select the public transportation icon. Then tap “Options” and under the Routes section, you’ll find “wheelchair accessible” as a new route type. When you select this option, Google Maps will show you a list of possible routes that take mobility needs into consideration. The feature began an initial rollout last year in London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney, but people around the world are adding accessibility information for locations around the globe.

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