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Using Google Maps on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

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In autumn 2014, Google updated its Maps app on Android devices including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. These updates not only add new features but also change how you use the app to find locations and get directions to a location. This article updates Chapter 10 of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with step-by-step instructions for performing tasks in Maps. The first task you learn about is how to find a location and local information. Next, you learn how to get directions. Then you learn how to access voice command directions. Finally, you learn how to share your location in Google+.
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Google updated its Maps app in autumn 2014, and that updated app is now available on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. These updates resulted in several fundamental changes to how you use Maps, and this article updates how to complete tasks in the app covered in My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. This article also uses step-by-step instructions from the book, so you can follow along easily.

Note that this article presumes that you have already launched Maps and that you have enabled your Tab’s GPS capabilities. You can learn how to launch Maps and enable GPS capabilities on your Tab 4 in Chapter 10 of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.

Finding a Location with Maps

After you open the Maps app, the screen displays a map of your current location.

  1. Tap the Search field at the top of the screen to find a location. If you see a message asking you to store your personal data on the Tab 4, tap OK.
  2. Type the address of the location you want to find (see Figure 1). As you type, a list of possible locations displays.

    Figure 1

    Figure 1. The list of possible addresses appears below the Search field.

  3. Tap the correct address in the list. Your Tab 4 displays the location on the map. If you cannot find the address you need in the list, Maps might not have complete data for that area, or the information Google Maps has might be outdated.
  4. Tap and hold your finger on the address box at the bottom of the screen, as shown in Figure 2, and then swipe up.

    Figure 2

    Figure 2. The address box appears at the bottom of the screen.

  5. In the location information box, tap Save to save this location for future searches. There are many options you can access from this window including Share, Directions, and Street View.
  6. Tap the Back arrow in the upper-left corner of the screen, as shown in Figure 3.

    Figure 3

    Figure 3. Tap Save in the location information box.

  7. Tap the menu icon at the left side of the box at the top of the screen to add additional layers of information to the current map. The menu icon is a group of three parallel horizontal lines.
  8. Tap the layer of information that you want to add to the map in the menu (see Figure 4). The information is added to the map, changing the map view.

    Figure 4

    Figure 4. The menu includes several layers of information you can add to the map, such as traffic information.

  9. Pinch outward to enlarge the map. You can also double-tap your finger in a specific location on the map to enlarge the area. As you move in closer on the map, you start to notice that new information appears in the map, such as the name of banks and restaurants.
  10. Use your finger to physically move the map and pinpoint locations.
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