Google Maps prepares Android homescreen widget w/dynamic colors

In this “APK Insight” post, we’ve decompiled the most recent variant of an application that Google transferred to the Play Store. At the point when we decompile these records (called APKs, on account of Android applications), we’re ready to see different lines of code inside that indicate conceivable future components. Remember that Google could conceivably at any point transport these provisions, and our understanding of what they are might be defective. We’ll attempt to empower those that are nearer to being done, notwithstanding, to show you what they’ll look like for the situation that they do send. In view of that, read on.

Google Maps search widget

In the course of recent months, fully expecting Android 12’s Material You upgrade — just as the Pixel 6, which has widely utilized Material You and gadgets in publicizing — Google has been changing it up of homescreen gadgets to their applications.

With the beta update to variant 11.0 of Google Maps, carrying out now by means of the Play Store, there’s work being done to present a new homescreen gadget. While it’s not as of now accessible to utilize, our Dylan Roussel had the option to physically empower the Google Maps gadget to show it in real life.

Comparable in plan to the as of late added Chrome Quick Action Search gadget, the Maps gadget includes a noticeable pursuit bar, with four easy routes under, for example, “Home,” “Restaurants,” “Bakery,” and “Groceries.” These ideas have all the earmarks of being equivalent to the line of choices recorded beneath the inquiry bar in the primary application.

Similarly as you’d expect, the gadget can be resized unreservedly, adding or eliminating easy routes as you make it more extensive or taller. While altogether less valuable, the gadget is shockingly delightful when cut back to 3 x 2. On Android 12, the gadget takes on the shades of your backdrop.

As a fascinating side note, we’ve affirmed that the impending gadget is right now ready to just show up for gadgets on Android 11 or fresher. Apparently, gadgets without Android 12 and its dynamic tones framework will just show the blue shades, as found in the patched up Gmail.


New Google Maps brief clarifies that turn-by-turn route expects you to publicly support information

Google Maps clients on Android and iOS today are seeing another brief that expressly allows the application to publicly support their “navigation data.” Notably, live turn-by-turn route won’t work except if you concur.

This exchange box gives an undeniable level outline of “How navigation data makes Maps better” and shows up after you tap “Start” on the headings page.

As you explore, Google gathers subtleties, like GPS area and the course you took. This information might be utilized to make data, including ongoing traffic conditions and interruptions, apparent to other people and assist them with tracking down the quickest course.

Guides has consistently utilized this area information — alongside transportation mode and sensor, similar to gauge, information from your gadget — to offer ongoing data, with Google last September saying that more than 1 billion kilometers are “driven with” the application consistently all throughout the planet. That corpus of “navigation data” makes conceivable backup way to go alternatives, traffic status, and ETAs, just as turn-by-turn route.

The organization is currently unequivocally spreading out what controls that last capacity to end clients and expecting them to consent to publicly supporting to utilize it. This is probably identified with the “we protect your privacy” informing that began at I/O 2021. Since May, Gmail, Photos, and Drive have all shown in-application flags underscoring security.

In the event that you disagree — i.e., choosing “Cancel” — to contribute your information, you will not get live turn-by-turn route with voice input, for example take a left on [X] Street. Clients will rather be offered bit by bit bearings (as seen on the right) as a static rundown. “Find out additional” connections to a help report.

By and large, this is a clear necessity for utilizing a free, current planning application. Google noticed that the Map route information isn’t “associated with your Google Account or device.” There is no change to how things work past making the certain trade express. This “route information” brief is just barely beginning to show up for Google Maps clients on Android and iOS today.


Family during a emergency, Google kills off application that let you connect friends

The recommended elective is a stripped-down Google Maps highlight

Google will stop its crisis area sharing application Trusted Contacts in December, and has just yanked it from the Google Play Store. Rather, it’s guiding existing clients to attempt comparable yet less supportive highlights in Google Maps.

That is a disgrace, in light of the fact that while Trusted Contacts could let you discover a relative regardless of whether they don’t react (say, on the off chance that they are oblivious or at serious risk), Google Maps expects them to proactively communicate their area to you.

The declaration was very sudden:

Google Maps has had the option to do ongoing area sharing since 2017, yet once more, you need to pick in to consistent following, offering your area to others all the time rather than possibly communicating it to friends and family on the off chance that you don’t react.

Confided in Contacts, by correlation, permits you to add individuals to your contacts who you’d prefer to quickly impart your areas to if there should arise an occurrence of crisis.

In the event that one emerges, your contacts can demand a notice to check whether you’re okay and you can react with your area to console them. In the event that you don’t react, the application consequently shares your last known area so they can send for help.

At the point when Google initially dispatched Trusted Contacts, it made this GIF to show how it functions

Collapsing different applications and highlights into Google Maps has been Google’s methodology for some time, however the Maps include doesn’t feel very as significant. And keeping in mind that it’s conceivable the Trusted Contacts application didn’t have a ton of clients, the individuals who were relying on it should discover something different.

Google is finishing support for the application in December, yet you’ll have the option to download your contacts from your Trusted Contacts page until the application is closed down. Up to that point, you should get acquainted with Google Maps’ interpretation of area sharing.


Google Maps would now be able to guide individuals to drug disposal locations

Drug disposal programs have been refered to as an effective tool in the battle against narcotic maltreatment by medical investigations and the White House. Presently Google is helping out by pinpointing 3,500 of these drop-off sites on Google Maps and by means of Search in partnership with the DEA, HHS, CVS, Walgreens and state governments. Search terms like “drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal near me” will show the permanent disposal locations at pharmacies, hospitals or government buildings.

A year ago, Walgreens and CVS Health included hundreds more prescription take-back kiosks to their drugstores around the nation. What’s more, prior this year, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy suggested extending Drug disposal sites. Google claims it will keep on including extra locations and statewide information to Google Maps.

The update expands upon the web-based locator it revealed a year ago as a major aspect of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Google asserts that with the assistance of the tool, the DEA and its local partners gathered a record 1.85 million pounds of unused prescription drugs in 2018.

“Every day, over 130 people in this country die from an opioid overdose…and the majority of prescription drug abuse (53 percent) starts with drugs obtained from family and friends,” Dane Glasglow, VP of product, Google Maps, said in a blog post. “That’s why Google wants to help people get rid of their leftover pills that are sitting in people’s medicine cabinets.”