Google Maps Updated To 9.3 With Shareable Directions [APK Download] Posted by Liam Spradlin in Applications, Google, News
First, shareable directions. Once a user looks up directions or navigation to a destination, they can share the directions with any app in the normal share menu or – if Google Glass is connected – to Glass.
Users can also permanently dismiss the GPS nag dialog that pops up if a user’s location settings aren’t ideal for Maps. (Thanks Allen!)
The app also comes with new permissions, including access to Bluetooth settings and devices, and the ability to run at startup. We can’t pinpoint exactly what the permissions are used for yet, but they’re there.
We’ve also spotted a few tidbits of information inside the APK, for which we haven’t found corresponding interfaces just yet. If you see this functionality live, let us know in the comments.
This set of strings appears to be related to getting location-specific contextual notifications. As the strings suggest, these would include notifications about nearby “transit stations, airports, restaurants, and stores.” Google already offers up some similar information in Google Now, including last transit options from your location at night.
These strings might look familiar to those readers who have been following our APK Teardowns.Last summer, Cody uncovered some “I Am Here” dogfood strings in a previous version of Maps, pointing to a “check-in” style interaction where a user can declare or confirm that they are at a specific location. We still can’t be sure how this feature will look when it’s done (these strings aren’t a great hint), but it seems clear that the functionality is still being worked on.
We’ve got the new Maps APK available for download below. If you find any new user-facing features that we haven’t noticed yet, let us know in the comments.