Google internally tests location sharing and other new features on Google Maps?

Google internally tests location sharing and other new features on Google Maps?
Google Maps users might soon be able to show friends and family exactly where they are, thanks to a new location sharing feature rumored to be en route. An internal build of the widely used app reveals several new features including the one listed above. As part of the new location sharing capabilities, a list of "friends" can be managed on the app with new friends added, and old ones removed. Also spotted was a new "navigation sharing" listing that can also be turned on or off.

Another option called "Hands-free faster route" will have Google Maps ask the user if he/she wants to take a faster route to the destination. By answering just "Yes" or "No," the driver can pass along his/her decision without having to touch the screen. Lastly, Google is planning on increasing the amount of information that it stores offline such as navigation and searches. This would allow Google Maps to run faster.

Keep in mind that these are features being tested on an internal version of Google Maps, and there is no guarantee that they will eventually see the light of day in a future update. Still, it is always fascinating to see how Google keeps improving this useful app.


source: Ausdroid via AndroidAuthority

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3 Comments

1. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

How about actually improving maps from the bottom up to make it more efficient instead of bike shedding and adding social crap which tends to keep the phone awake? It's bad enoug Android OS and Android System have the tendency to f**k up and create a wakelock.

2. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Well if they wouldn't have removed it from maps in the first place to put it into G+, then they wouldn't have to put it back. It was always better integrated in maps.

3. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

so true

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