Learn how to view your current location in the Android Maps app. Swipe the map to browse areas nearby. Enter and exit perspective view. Turn the Satellite layer on and off. Use the Traffic layer to observe current traffic conditions. Add other layers for public transportation and bicycling. Use the Terrain area to locate hill and valleys.
- [Narrator] To find out where you are, where you're going, or how to get there, summon the Maps app. When you start the Maps app, you see a screen displaying your current location. Your position is shown by a blue dot. The phone or tablet's orientation might also be shown as a fuzzy triangle next to the blue dot. Nearby you see labeled streets, perhaps some points of interest, parks colored green and water features are colored blue. Atop the screen is the Search box. The Location icon zeroes in on your current location. The Directions icon helps you to get to a given location.
To see items of interest nearby, tap the Explore box at the bottom of the screen. Otherwise you can swipe the screen to view more of the map. Pinch the screen to zoom out, spread your fingers on the screen to zoom in. When your position isn't visible on the screen, tap the Location icon to display your current location. When your current location is visible, tap the Location icon again to enter Perspective view. Swipe the screen in Perspective view. You can even rotate the image.
While in Perspective view, a compass pointer appears in the upper right corner of the screen. Tap the compass to reorient the image to true north and exit Perspective view. You can also enter Perspective view when you're not viewing your current location. To do so, drag two fingers up and down on the screen. In standard presentation, the Maps app shows you streets and points of interest. You can add layers to the image, which will show you more details or specific information. To add a layer, display the Navigation drawer. Choose the Satellite layer to view the map from a high altitude.
More detail appears, including buildings and trees. To remove the Satellite layer, display the Navigation drawer again, and choose Satellite layer. On Android tablets, a thumbnail appears in the lower left corner of the screen. Tap that thumbnail to switch between Street and Satellite layers. The Traffic layer provides information about current traffic conditions. Green indicates smooth-flowing traffic. Yellow could indicate delays and red pretty much tells you that traffic is moving slowly, if at all. Choosing the Traffic layer when you're driving is a great way to know what to expect on your journey and potentially choose an alternative route.
I'll describe using the Maps app for navigation in another movie. To turn off the Traffic layer, choose it again from the Navigation drawer. Other layers in the Navigation drawer display even more details on the map. The Public Transit layer shows you mass transit routes, locations, and options. The Bicycling layer displays bicycle routes and trails. The Terrain layer shows mountains and valleys, which is good because otherwise you might assume that an area on the map is flat, when it isn't. Choose Google Earth from the Navigation drawer to launch the Google Earth app, which is yet another way to view the world.
If Google Earth isn't installed on your Android, you can obtain it free from Google Play.
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- Understanding the Home screen
- Connecting with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Managing apps
- Creating contacts
- Receiving and sending email
- Handling phone calls and accessing voicemail
- Browsing the web
- Taking photos and videos
- Getting directions and finding locations
- Making appointments and setting alarms and timers
- Managing file storage
- Extending battery life
- Monitoring data usage