Google Maps beta hints at SD storage for offline maps, fixes for Android Auto

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It also resolves weirdness that some Android Wear users were experiencing with the Maps app.

Google Maps has added several features and fixes to the latest beta version. 

Many of the changes in version 9.31 pertain specifically to those running the Android N beta. You can finally try out the beta app on an N-powered device, but you’ll definitely be living on the edge running a beta app on beta software. 

However, there’s some good news for the rest of us too. Android Wear works again with the app according, to a report by Android Police. This means you can once again get a quick scan of your surroundings right on your watch. 

In terms of aesthetics, there are some tweaks to your timeline. The top area by the date has been turned all white, with an edit button to change the title or make some notes about a recent trip. 

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Some visual tweaks are to be found in the timeline.

Finally, an APK teardown reveals that there’s work underway to bring offline maps storage to SD cards. This would be a nice boost to those with a phone like the Galaxy S7 Edge which lets you boost up the storage up to 200GB with an SD card.

The changes are coming to the Play Store or you can grab them now from APK Mirror

The impact on you: The Maps beta is an excellent way to get a peek at some of the forthcoming features. Keep in mind that anything here could change or break, so it’s best to not get too comfortable with the way that everything works with this version of Google Maps.

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