Nothing destroys a day out like driving to a new part of a city, at last, reaching hole-in-the-wall café you’ve been hearing so much about, and then finding there is no parking space at all. Although the world is not ended here, it surely puts a curb on your fun. However, Google seemingly wants to help you in such a situation as Google Maps Beta adds parking info for Android 4.3 and later.
Google Maps Beta will soon show you turn-by-turn directions to guide you the best parking places around your destination. The parking availability feature, first spotted by Android Police, has reportedly shown for the users who are using Google Maps beta version v9.44. The beta version is available via APK Mirror download for devices running Android 4.3 and later.
As per some vague reports, Google Maps Beta adds parking info and shows parking availability status along with the standard time and distance estimates. When you search for driving directions in Google Maps Beta, you’ll see a small parking icon or a small round ‘P’ next to the travel duration.
It will also tell you whether the parking around your destination is Easy, Medium, or Limited. The parking icon will turn red if there is limited parking, otherwise, it will stay blue.
Users can further expand directions to get more parking information. As per some reports, Google Maps Beta is currently showing up for public destinations such as airports, malls, and other attractions.
Meanwhile, Google Maps Beta also brings one more change: ‘Atmosphere’ images when browsing through lists for a restaurant or coffee shop. It provides you a quick way to check ambiance of a location before you visit there.
In late 2016, Google-owned Waze had already included a similar function through a partnership with parking data company INRIX. The parking info feature in Google Maps Beta has not been pushed to all users as of now and it’s still not clear if it will remain limited to certain countries like in the US, or start rolling out for other countries worldwide.
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