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Last night, Google started a slow rollout of the new Maps with version 7.5. Since the previous version was 7.4, we knew there had to be some key features that prompted the update - it couldn't just be a bug fixer. After thoroughly examining the UI, I was unable to find anything new.

As it turns out, that's because the new feature Google stuffed into the app only shows up upon very specific conditions. Luckily, with the help of the latest iOS changelog (how ironic), thanks to our upcoming CES reservations, and by peeking at the APK source, we finally zeroed in on these conditions and can without further ado introduce the main feature of Maps 7.5.

What's New

With version 7.5 (and iOS version 2.5), Google introduced Gmail integration into Maps. Right now, this means hotel, restaurant, and flight reservations are presented to you (and only to you for obvious reasons) when you open up the relevant location in Maps. For example, when you pull up an airport, you can see your flight information. Similarly, hotel pages have room reservations and restaurants... you get the idea.

We previously saw a similar level of integration with Google.com searches as part of Search Experiments, a.k.a. Gmail Field Trial, which pulled out info from your email and presented it above search results. While only Google can confirm this when it releases the official blog posts and changelog, my guess is that this feature is limited to U.S., which is customary for new rollouts nowadays (sorry, international folks!).

Update: Google posted this page confirming our find and, just as I thought, it's available only in English in the U.S.

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Left to right: hotel, flight, and restaurant reservations

Got a dinner reservation screenshot for us? Spot anything else? The comments await below.

Download

The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

Pick the APK that closer matches your Android version.

Android 4.3+

File name: com.google.android.apps.maps-705001724-v7.5.0_API18.apk.

Version: 7.5 (Android 4.3+).

MD5: 169800ce39311c6d26a678677f3a8a60.

Android 4.0+

File name: com.google.android.apps.maps-705001703-v7.5.0_API15.apk.

Version: 7.5 (Android 4.0+).

MD5: 64bd2aca89ff2a0b9309571bb179291d.

Thanks, +Daniel Wiggins, Jonathan A, and Jackn123!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • frafri

    i got the update last night :P
    also sprint galaxy s4 got updated to the latest M9F? or something like that
    woke up to the update 40mb or so.

  • Guest

    First to download :D .. yay !!!!

    • itlnstln

      For that mirror.

  • hariprasanth

    Awesome !!!!

    (first to comment lol :P)

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    In before the inevitable US ONLY FUUUUUUUU comment.

    It's hard to develop every feature for every country in the world right away. You have to start with the home country, make sure it all works, then attempt to expand - there are always hurdles when it comes to foreign languages, territories, agencies, governments, etc.

    • hariprasanth

      But sometimes some features NEVER comes to other countries .. :(

      • J3R3MY_H

        some hurdles are actually huge brick walls

    • mesmorino

      And you're making excuses for them, why?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Because as a developer I understand the challenges.

        • mesmorino

          Fair enough. On the other hand, they have a much larger amount of resources than you do, and it's not like these updates just sneak up on them... How about some long term planning with their app development? They could start these negotiations/discussions up to a year early, or as early as they need to after all.

          • Andres Schmois

            They may have the resources, but it isn't smart to start international. They need to first figure out if the service will in fact be useful or if they have to scrap it. Can you imagine releasing something that you had to spend quite a lot of money for international licenses and then finding out that the service is useless?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            But why? If they rolled it out in 10 countries and delayed the release by extra 3 months, is that really better? Then the app would be delayed, and everyone from NUM_COUNTRIES_IN_THE_WORLD - 10 countries would continue bitching. It doesn't make sense to wait for everyone.

          • dmo580

            Honestly, there's hurdles, but at a certain point other countries shouldn't be so quickly excluded. Is there some reason why you can only buy Google Play devices from like 10 countries? If it's that big of a hurdle, then how did Apple manage to sell devices over 100+ countries? That makes them look like they cured cancer.

    • Walkop

      But... Canada!!

    • BrainOfSweden

      This is a feature that would be very useful in as many countries as possible though, but I'm pretty sure it won't be long. Similar Google Now functions such as flight status works well for me here in Sweden.

    • NathanDrago

      Still, it is frustrating for people living in non-US countries (i.e. 95.5% of the world population) to assist to all of this US-only parade. So, while Google is perfectly entitled to test and launch a product or service in its home country first, we feel perfectly entitled to be unhappy about it. And saying it, also.

    • Hans Ham

      Hello Artem,
      How can I get into contact with Google developers? I would really like to communicate with them, because I do not understand why they give their applictions features that irritate me and others so much. I would really like to understand why a company like Google deliberately builds in or leaves things out with the result that peolpe get very, very irritated.

  • James_C_L

    And I'm still on 6.8.3 until they put reroute back in.. Why are they added shit and leaving out the features we loved

    • Mark Curtis

      What is/was reroute?

      • James_C_L

        Before they made that major overhaul a few months back you were able to just hit the reroute and show 3 live routes. That as well as many other important features are gone and replaced with features we don't want or need.

        • Taco Monster

          My guess is that it's because most people didn't use that feature. The automatic rerouting in the new version has actually worked quite well for me.

          • James_C_L

            I'm very sure most people did. The new system is totally automated. What if I wanna just peek at a few routes while I'm in route? I have to back all the way out and lose my destination address.

          • Mark Curtis

            How are you sure most people did? Just because you did, doesn't mean most did (nor does it mean most didn't)

          • James_C_L

            Bc every time they announce another update there is always a ton of guys posting that they are still on the old version bc of the features they had

          • Taco Monster

            That's because pissed off people are the most likely to leave reviews.

          • Guest

            Yes, exactly like how most Nexus 4 users were content to wait for the Kit Kat update. Yet it was literally a handful (for the amount of N4 owners out there overall) posting here and elsewhere and acting like whiny entitled children.

            "A ton of guys posting" does not many people ACTUALLY make. Just, you know, FYI.

        • lee

          Reroute is still there. I use it all the time and I'm on the latest release. You can click one of the alternative routes in the search page or directly on the map.

    • TY

      Why not 6.14.4?

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      That's great but now that we've heard this 8 million times, quit complaining.

      • Guest

        THIS.

        Aiming this at people still crying about the features that apparently only they use (because no one else is in an uproar and most are content with the updates): Old news is old news. No need to go into every post about an update and say, "Wah wah wah. Still on old version because REASONS. Wah wah wah." At this point, we've heard your sad story oh so many times. You've warn out the strings on the world's smallest violin that plays for you and others like you.

        • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

          When version 7 of Google Maps launched, I watched the 1-star reviews grow from about 55 thousand to well over 213 thousand. If 150,000 people disliking your product isn't enough, then what is?

          • Guest

            Out of how many millions? 150,000 out of X (and more likely XX) millions is NOTHING. It means the incredible vast majority did not have issues with the update.

            Do I really need to quote Spock? "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." Those 150,000 can stay where they're at or update and deal with it. The rest of us are happy.

          • Taco Monster

            I wouldn't go so far as to say that the rest of us are happy, just not too pissed off. There's a lot of functionality that's still missing. The hope is that they'll bring it back eventually.

    • MrLockOut

      To the guys hating on this complaint... I guess you're not understanding just how crucial this feature is. I have been using their navigation since Nexus One and it has lost its most important function to ANYONE sitting in traffic with several possible ways to get to work/home.
      Even of many users were not savy enough to use it.

      Besides Navigation has been my easiest comeback to iPhone friends teasing me abiut group texting issues over the years so it really breaks my heart they f'd this up.

    • hot_spare

      Still rockin' 6.14.4..

      Offline feature is severely gimped in v7..

      • David

        Since topic is closed for commenting, I'll reply here.
        By merging the 2 units, Samsung is giving a better focus over Camera quality in their future phones, which is something nokia's been doing and innovating over the last decade or so. Now, re-read my post and tell me if it makes sense.

  • James_C_L

    Love reroute @mark Curtis

  • evilFlexo

    Does this work with Google Apps email accounts? Sadly Google Now is *still* not integrated to Apps account holders.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I don't think so. I think it's personal Gmail only for now.

    • icantremember

      I was messing with Now yesterday and got a message along the lines of "your administrator has to enable Google Now." I'm the admin for my domain (free) and I don't see anything in the enable-able product listings that is Now-specific. Some of Now works, but I get the feeling that it's things like this and package tracking that don't work because I'm using my Apps account as my primary.

      • http://benignthoughts.com/ Louis C.

        It's really annoying. I wish I could just have a regular GMail account with my own domain.

  • Uncle_Rico

    I received this OTA last night... the issue i see with this update is the "tilt" feature is really jakey now.. it stutters and is not smooth and responsive like it used to be... seeing this on both my N7 2013 and N4...?! :/ the other finger touch gestures seems to work smoothly as before.. just the screen tilt.
    Anyone else seeing this problem?

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    I wish they used 4.4 transparent navbars in maps. I think that'd look really nice.

  • Doc Doulittle

    Is it now for 4.4.2 KitKat ??

  • Dave W

    Santa's village on the slide out menu....Is that new as well or has that been there?

    • anomn

      I'm able to see it on 7.4 as well.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, it showed up in 7.4 too, so it's not new in this version.

  • Jackn123

    Here's a screenshot of what a dinner reservation looks like.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Cheers.

    • Andrew

      Happy New Year!

    • dmo580

      It would be nice if they added a reminder in there (leave by X:00)

      • Jackn123

        I would imagine that they will probably incorporate that into Google Now. I have been getting "leave by" cards for a lot of appointments lately. I'm not sure though if it will pick up appointments that are in your email but not on your calendar.

  • kamiller42

    As a driver's tool, it pales in comparison to Waze. More useful features and info. Still not used to the redesign, i.e. not liking it. Same team that designed Hangouts must have re-designed Maps. Yuk.

  • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

    Is it still a joke to use Navigation in landscape mode? Where you have about 40 pixels of space to drag to see the possible routes?

  • Guest

    Looks like they added a link to Santa's Village in the navigation bar

  • korockinout13

    Looks like they added a link to Santa's Village in the navigation bar:

  • TheLastAngel

    None of these predictive features do anything for me. The new Google Maps sucks at being a good map.

  • QOe

    Will someone please explain to me their usage of the new permission:
    Network communication > connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
    which means:
    Allows the app to connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points and to make changes to device configuration for Wi-Fi networks.

    P.S. : The lack of 'App Opps' on 4.4.2 is realy discouraging.

    • CSDon

      Yeah, I'd be interested in that too! Does anyone know or had a look at it?

  • Adrian

    ONLY US why google?

  • http://www.mayura4ever.com/ Mayura De Silva

    Any difference between 4.0+ and 4.3+ versions? :)

  • Mauro

    Still no fucking map preloading in Argentina, what the FUCK Google, fuck you. More fuck. I don't understand why they took it, it's a crucial feature for us, 3G is pure crap here... Come on Google...

  • Fellwalker

    So here in the UK, why does the available update, which says that what's new is "bug fixes" want permission to turn on and use NFC? Too many apps are asking for permissions that do not fit in with their claimed changes.

  • andy

    maps version 7.5.0 (#7050001703) this is on my phone yet I cannot find any info on this version????? am I special?

  • realitysconcierge

    Man I am having the weirdest graphical issues with this version of google maps :/

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