iPhone users will be able to beat the crowds with this new Google Maps update
Google Maps could become even more useful thanks to a handy new update for iOS devices.
The update will bring one of the most popular features from the online version of Google Maps straight to your iPhone.
Users will now be able to see in real-time just how busy locations and places are before they set off, potentially saving them time and stress.
Google Maps version 4.27, which is available to download now for free from the iOS app store, is the first version to include the crowd tracker feature.
First introduced in the desktop version of Google Maps, the "Popular Times" service provides live information on how busy somewhere is, including whether it is busier or quieter than usual.
This means users can decide whether to try and battle the crowds, or delay their trip for a time when it is quieter.
The levels can be viewed on an hour-by-hour basis, and even shows how long people spend at a particular location.
Also included in the update is the ability to quickly import addresses and locations saved on your phone’s clipboard, which can now be copied and pasted directly into the Google Maps search bar.
The Google Maps update will show users when locations are busiest
The news is the latest addition to the Google Maps mobile app as the company looks to make the service more useful than ever.
The app is reportedly set to launch another huge time-saving feature soon, as it began to display real-time information on the availability of parking spaces at the user’s destination.
Parking information will be shown next to a P icon alongside the time estimate for your route, with three levels of availability on offer – Limited, Medium and Easy.
Public destinations are also included in the service, with airports, shopping malls and tourist attractions all reportedly present.
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Other recent Google Maps updates include now displaying local speed limits as part of its GPS journey guide, with a road sign appearing in the bottom corner of Android devices using the Google Maps navigation mode, as well as Google’s own car-centric Android Auto system.
The display changes depending on the current route of your journey, refreshing to reflect urban roads, country byways, and highways.
Google Maps now also makes it easier to place yourself in the world, having replaced the directional arrow that previously showed which way they were facing with a blue beam pointing out from the dot indicating your location.