There are hundreds of thousands of apps available these days. You can get ones to help you stay organised or get fit, ones to help you find a date, not to mention pretty much any game you can think of.
But some of the most exciting are the ones that mean you don’t need a huge map to get you from one place to the next, whether that be around London on public transport, or from North to South without a satnav. In light of Google updating its Maps app this week, here are three location apps you should make sure are on your device.
Google Maps – Android, iOS
Google Maps is an app that many will already be familiar with but it has recently been updated to offer even more features and ways to find out where you are and get you where you want to be.
Along with the usual offering you directions and providing you with your current location data, you will now be able to save a map to use offline and the app will also now offer lane guidance and filters in some countries so you don’t get caught in a right or left turning lane when you want to be heading straight.
Additionally, Google Maps will also allow you to see the most accurate transit information, where you search for directions then tap the train icon and select “Depart at” or “last train home”, plus you can save where you have parked so you don’t forget with the star icon.
Waze – Android, iOS
Waze is perhaps slightly lesser known than Google Maps but it is a brilliant application that helps you outsmart traffic and save you time with millions of drivers joining forces.
It lets you report accidents, hazards, police and other events you see on the road, which in turn means you’ll see other drivers’ reports so you’ll know if there is likely to be a delay on your route and Waze will attempt to avoid these.
One of its most exciting features is that it allows you to send an estimated time of arrival to whomever you are on your way to see, sending them a link via text message or email. They will then be able to open the link and see where you are on a map so they can watch you drive down their road on their phone and be outside ready when you arrive.
Moves – Android, iOS
Moves is one for those who walk, cycle or run to get to and from work and social events as it will automatically record each of these activities daily in the background.
It will recognise places in your daily life, showing you how long you were at work for or at home, along with how long you walked for to get between the coffee shop at lunch and work, for example.
You’ll see your routes on a map so you’ll know which way you went to get somewhere and it has a built in pedometer so if you are trying to reach a goal of 10,000 steps a day for example, you’ll know when you have reached it and which days you need to walk back from the station rather than jump in a cab.