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Google Maps Adds Sharing Menu & More on Android

Dec 21, 2018
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Google Maps has updated on Android and a new sharing menu is one of the biggest additions in this update. You might remember when the share sheet Google made a while back hit the market, and it was super slow and weird. Google has been saying a redesign to the share sheet was coming.

Now, we are happy to report that a new sharing menu has been incorporated into Google Maps. This is something that has been in the works for a little while now. We are definitely excited to see that this update has finally started to roll out to people on Android devices. The new changes with the sharing menu design on Google Maps allows for the share sheet to work much quicker and smoother. Keep reading to learn more about the new Google Maps update for Android, including the addition of the sharing menu.

Google Maps Brings Sharing Menu Redesign & Other Improvements on Android

About a month ago, the VP of Android engineering, Dave Burke, promised that a redesign to the share sheet would be coming. With the redesign, the share sheet would run much quicker and be much easier to use. One thing that was wrong was that there seemed to be a delay in the entire share sheeting loading up.

Due to this delay, people would click on something to share and accidentally be clicking on something else since the main menus were not yet loaded. It was definitely a tricky experience for people because the page not loading all at once caused many accidental clicks and tabs for other things.

With the latest Google Maps update, we see a new sharing menu within the app that has been redesigned. The new sharing menu really is a step above the previous share sheet design. You will notice that there are now rounded corners when you are using the share sheet feature in Google Maps. Beyond that, at the top there is a “To” section so that you can manually enter in the email, name, or phone number of the person you want to share with.

You have the option to see your contacts and then if you swipe right, you will see “More” which gives you even more people to add. Google Maps will also tell you which account you are sharing the information from, and the apps are all underneath now. If you have used Google News story preview before, you will note how at the top there is a card that will tell you the place you are sending something. You can also share more too using the group planning tools that are built-into the Google Maps app now.

Google Maps Update Brings Sharing Menu & Other Improvements

You might remember when Google held the Google I/O earlier this year, and that is where the revamp of Google News was announced. In that revamp, we were told about the Material Theme, which introduces the new sharing menu. When it comes to issues that happen during vertical loading, the new sharing menu is meant to stop or decrease those issues.

Essentially, the sharing menu gives you one carousel for apps, one carousel for sharing actions, and one carousel for the contacts. That means you no longer have to worry about loading happening incrementally. You also will no longer have to worry about the loading messing with what you are trying to tap on.

Since everything is loading at the same time now, you will not have any issues seeing all of the options and functions available. If you want to check it out, the newest version of Google Maps, which contains the new sharing menu, is version 10.6.1. This version is live right now, and you might have already the new version on your device.

What Do You Think of the New Google Maps Sharing Menu?

This update is rolling out right now to Android devices via the server-side update option. You can download the new Google Maps update right now from Google Play Store if you do not want to wait for the over-the-air server-side update. Once you have tried out the new sharing menu in Google Maps on Android, we want to hear what you think about it.

Do you like the way that everything loads up now and is this quicker than before? Are you someone who enjoys sharing information through Google Maps? What other apps do you hope get the new share sheet design in the future. Are there other features you would like to see Google add to Google Maps in the future?

Let us know what you think about the new share sheet redesign in the comments below. We would love to hear what you like or dislike about the new Google Maps update. If you have another map app that you use on Android instead, tell us about that too in the comments below.