The change is primarily directed towards drivers – who shouldn’t really be interacting with mobile applications unless the car is stationed, but may find themselves in the situation of needing to use the app in some circumstances. The aim is to reduce the eye strain caused by switching your view from the dark road to the bright color scheme of the app, which could result in a lesser view range or a difficulty to immediately spot people/objects on the roads.
Night mode works under the apps’ turn-by-turn mode and uses the phone’s set time to determine whether night mode will be activated or not; it does not react to surrounding luminosity. Users will be able to turn it on whenever they feel it would suit them, though.
The feature has just gone live on iOS, but it has been a part of the Android version of the app for some time now; this goes with Google’s recent policy which saw iOS apps steadily being update to resemble more of their Android counterparts.
But the update did not resume only to the implementation of Night Mode. Another curious but welcome feature is the possibility of labeling certain addresses and saving them for future use. For example, if you give your home address a personalized name, next time you search for that location you need only enter that name instead of the whole address. This can be done by clicking the settings button in the top right corner when searching for the address and choosing the “edit name” feature. Users can also now edit photo captions they posted onto the app.
Google Maps has been constantly updating lately with new features; in May, it got traffic alerts which show the user how clear or congested the traffic is on the selected router, and also adding time estimates to the destination based on it. Later, it also added the possibility of adding directions to the phone directly from a user’s PC.
Google is trying all this to counteract the rising popularity of Apple Maps, which made it lose more than a third of its user base since its 2012 launch. Despite lacking many of its Google counterpart’s features, Apple Maps is installed by default on iOS devices; it also featured a similar Night Mode setting long before Google decided to introduce it to this version.
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