Google Maps May Soon Add New “Location Sharing” Features

Google Maps May Soon Add New “Location Sharing” Features


Google Maps makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best places in town and the information you need to get there.

Google Maps has long been the gold standard of free GPS apps and its latest incarnation is no different. It’s full of features you can get walking, driving, bicycling, and public transit directions and its maps are more accurate than most. Google Maps remains our Editors’ Choice for GPS apps.

Google Maps is certainly one of the most used Android apps and it looks like the company is planning to add a few big features in the near future. A new report claims that an internal test build shows that the app could be adding some location sharing features.

Google Maps version now has a “friends” section in the menu that will allow users to show their buddies where they are currently located. The app allows for new friends to be added and others to be removed from the list. There’s also a new “navigation sharing” option in the app’s settings that can be turned on and off.

The app shows a “hands free faster route” option that when turned on will allow the app to ask the user to say “Yes” or “No” if it finds a quicker way to get from A to B. Finally Google is apparently working to store searches and direction info offline which could make Google Maps run faster.

A number of shortcuts are available. You can save your home and work address as well as your favorite destinations. If logged in on your desktop or other devices you can see recent searches on all platforms. If you enable notifications you can use the Send to Phone feature to share location from your phone.

Remember this report is based on an internal test build of Google Maps. Anyway it would be great news for users if the future updates include all these features.

However these new additions under development would certainly are welcome ones for users when and if they are officially released.