Google Maps Insights shows how social butterfly you are on your way
Google Maps keeps track of your daily timeline, and while its level of precision might seem a bit too invasive, it’s a great tool for tracking vacations, road trips, and any other trip. The timeline gets a new coat of paint, along with a few new features to help you track your activity on an even deeper level.
Insights is a new timeline tab that keeps track of how you’ve moved over a period of time. It examines your travel patterns – from walking to flying – and plots your movement month by month. You can compare your activity using the bar charts to the right of each entry. It’s an effective way to see how well you are moving throughout the month without having to rely on fitness apps that only watch walking or cycling.
The new timeline interface in Maps, complete with information.
It’s not only able to track the way you move – it can also keep tabs on the types of places you’ve visited. Google uses its in-depth knowledge of places such as shops, restaurants, and bars to find out where you spend your time. As a result, the Insights tab functions as a statistics page on what you’ve been up to in your spare time. It even details your busiest day of the month.
The rest of the new UI has some minor appearance changes, including less white space between entries to show more information on a single screen. It’s also much easier to edit your timeline now, thanks to a new floating action button. The old interface required changes to each entry one by one, which could become tedious if you had to work on multiple entries. You’ll also see the new Trips tab, first announced last December, alongside the other entries.
The interface of the current timeline in Maps.
Overall, this is a promising improvement over something that many users rely on for tracking. It’s unclear when Insights and the redesigned timeline UI will go live for everyone or if it’s just in testing at this time. If you’re the type of person who finds themselves motivated by statistics, you’ll want to keep an eye out for this.