Google Maps tests out new updates: share battery stats & arrival times

14 February 2018 - 12:23 By AFP Relaxnews
Google Maps may introduce location and battery stat sharing.
Google Maps may introduce location and battery stat sharing.
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It looks as though Google is testing a few new features for its Maps application, for instance sharing your location and battery stats while on-the-go, as well as improvements to mass transit.

The report is based on 'teardowns' made by Android Police. In other words, the tech savvy Android enthusiasts are combing through the coding for Google Maps v.9.71 Beta and analysing what they find. However what becomes of the beta version has yet to be seen.

What is known is that some people are seeing a slightly different menu on Google Maps when they have selected a destination. The options that usually appear include: Directions, Call, Save, Share. However now some smartphones pose a ‘Screenshot' button, and coding found by Android Police suggests that you will be able to send your location along with how much battery you have on your phone.

According to the two new strings found in the APK file, the information shared between users may look like “David's battery level is between 10% to 20% and is charging” or “David's battery level is between 25% to 35% and is not charging.”

For mass transit options, the coding suggests that Google Maps will continue to improve the logistics for people meeting up or commuting regularly. For example, users may be able to select favorite bus or train stations as well as share their arrival times and send notifications upon arrival.

It is not clear if, or when, such updates could take place to the app.