If you’re a heavy commuter you might have noticed that Google Assistant has carved out a home for itself in the Android and iOS Google Maps apps. Turns out, Google was quietly testing it this whole time and some users got early access to the feature a little early. Now, thankfully, it’s live and ready for just about everyone.
You’ve always been able to ask Google Assistant for turn-by-turn directions — as of today, though, you can ask it to add stops to your route, reply to messages and play music and more. The best part? Nothing about what you see in the navigation screen changes, so you can remain focused on actually getting where you have to go while getting some crucial extra context about your day.