Google Maps, for its part this Update Wednesday, has received a bump to version 9.3. The changes aren't immediately apparent to users just opening the app, but there are at least a couple of things worth mentioning in the new update.
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.
<string name="LOCATION_NOTIFICATIONS_SETTINGS_TITLE">Location notifications</string><string name="LOCATION_NOTIFICATIONS_SETTINGS_SHOW_TITLE">Show Notifications</string><string name="LOCATION_NOTIFICATIONS_SETTINGS_SUMMARY">Get notified about information relevant to your current location, such as transit stations, airports, restaurants, and stores.</string><string name="LOCATION_NOTIFICATIONS_SETTINGS_ON_TEXT">On</string><string name="LOCATION_NOTIFICATIONS_SETTINGS_OFF_TEXT">Off</string><string name="LOCATION_NOTIFICATIONS_ACTION_SHOW_STATION">Map</string><string name="LOCATION_NOTIFICATIONS_ACTION_GET_DIRECTIONS">Directions</string><string name="LOCATION_NOTIFICATIONS_ACTION_VIEW_SCHEDULE">View schedule and alerts</string>
<string name="I_AM_HERE_V2_NOTIFICATIONS_INSTALL_APP_TEXT">Install App</string>
<string name="I_AM_HERE_V2_NOTIFICATIONS_PLACE_PAGE_BUTTERBAR_TEXT">Notification settings</string>
File name: com.google.android.apps.maps-9.3.0-903007124-minAPI18.apk
Version: 9.3.0 (903007124) Android 4.3+