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Latest Google Maps for Android Update Hints at Google+ Integration, Timeline

Google Maps mysterious featuresIt’s nearly impossible to keep a secret these days. Take, for example, the recently updated Google Maps for Android. It was an unassuming release of mostly social features and Zagat scores — and then someone started digging through the APK, which hint at some interesting upcoming features.

According to AndroidPolice, and a very handy graphic, it looks likely that Google is preparing to implement a timeline feature. Not only is it set up in a way that connects each icon (on the right), but the XML files also suggest there will be some sort of history feature, probably to let users see exactly where they’ve been.

It also looks like Google is planning to integrate even more of its social network via Latitude. Currently, Latitude allows users to share their location with friends one-by-one. By integrating Google+, it seems likely users will now be able to share their location with Circles. The “latitude_migrate_to_circles_welcome_dialog.xml” file is a dead giveaway.

In addition, AndroidPolice found references to a few mystery features that have yet to be deciphered, as well as hints that OpenTable support and a bicycle layer are coming. While none of these features are guaranteed to see the light of day, Google sent out invites jut yesterday to see its newest Maps technology on June 6, so we’ll see what’s up the search giant’s sleeve.

[via Android Police]


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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