Gemini has a slick Google Maps integration that I want immediately on my iPhone

March 30, 2024 | by

The Rabbit r1 is a mobile gadget that can perform in-app actions for you. No other AI product can do that, at least for now. But I’m certain iPhones and Android devices will get similar AI capabilities in the not-too-distant future. It’ll happen slowly, with useful in-app AI features coming to mobile devices as AI models improve. 

One such feature is currently rolling out to Gemini and Google Maps, and it’s so slick. Instead of merely displaying that information in a window when you ask for directions, Google’s generative AI product will be able to open Google Maps. That’s already awesome functionality, especially on mobile devices where the AI will slowly replace the voice assistant.

According to 9to5Google, Google just released a Gemini update on Android that enables commands like “Navigate to [place]” or “take me to [x].”

Gemini will show a summary of the route, a map, information about distance, and trip durations when you give it one of those commands. Gemini also includes a link to “directions.” However, the new behavior concerns the redirect to Google Maps. 

Following this week’s update, Gemini will open Google Maps with the route already specified. The Gemini-Google Maps integration will come in handy when driving. The AI should be able to automatically start navigation to a destination you’ve just thought of. 


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