Gemini now takes you straight to Google Maps navigation when you ask for directions

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What you need to know

  • Gemini now automatically starts Google Maps navigation when prompted for directions, eliminating the need for manual input.
  • The update addresses the inconvenience of having to click on a link for directions manually.
  • Gemini offers a quick summary of the route, time, and distance before seamlessly transitioning to Google Maps for navigation.

Google's Gemini just got even handier. Now, when you tell it where you want to go, it automatically fires up Google Maps navigation, so you won't need to manually start directions.

Prior to this update, when you used Google Gemini for directions, it would give you a quick card with the basics: distance, estimated time, and a map. Plus, there was a handy link for detailed directions. Tapping that would whisk you away to Google Maps for the full route.

It was a bit of a hassle with Gemini, no doubt. A true hands-free experience shouldn't require you to tap a link just to get directions.

But that's history now with the latest Gemini update on the Play Store, first reported by 9to5Google. Now, thanks to Google's tweak, voice commands automatically submit, so you don't have to bother hitting the "send" button anymore.

When you say "Navigate to [place]" or "Take me to [x]," Gemini gives you a quick rundown: the route, time, distance, and a map with a "directions" link. Then, after a brief pause, it jumps straight into Maps with your route ready to roll, making things smoother and more hands-free for you.

Gemini giving the rundown in Google Maps

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Gemini does this by using a slew of extensions that connect it to other Google products. According to 9to5Google, Gemini does not need to use the traditional Google Assistant to complete tasks; instead, it relies on the Google Maps extension.

If you're always on the move and rely on your phone for navigation, you'll probably love this update. Now, asking for directions means getting on the road in seconds without lifting a finger. It's a game-changer for saving time, especially when you're busy hustling around.

Although Google has been beefing up Gemini's abilities, it's still missing a few tricks that Google Assistant has, like Routines and playing music commands. If you opt for Gemini, knowing its strengths will help you make the most of it.

Jay Bonggolto
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    You known what would be more useful. GD voice output without having to look at my phone and push a button. If I want to know the time or something basic and have to look at the screen anyway, it's of little use.

    Gemini is so half-baked and rushed it's unbelievable. Functionality is lacking and IMO OpenAI is light-years ahead in actual AI Functionality, even the free version, over Gemini.