Latest in Gear

Image credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Google Maps may let you share your battery life status

Friends might not panic if your phone dies.
450 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Getty Images/iStockphoto

Ever wanted to know if someone made it home safely, but didn't know if they had enough battery life to stay in touch along the way? You might not fret quite so much about it in the future. Android Police has spotted code in a Google Maps beta for Android that hints at sharing your remaining battery life alongside your location. You'd only get a generic range (likely because charge levels can change minute-to-minute), but this could be helpful if a friend's phone is running low on their way home from a night out.

Appropriately, the Maps code also alludes to sharing your mass transit trips with others, including the exact time you arrive at a given stop. There would also be shortcuts for favorite stations, potentially to influence Maps' directions.

It could be a while before you see these updates in an app you can use, assuming they show up at all. Hidden code like this can persist across multiple releases and might get cut if it's not ready or doesn't work as expected. However, the combination suggests that Google wants to do a lot more with location sharing than it has in the past -- it'd offer better insight into what you're actually doing.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
450 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Apple TV+ adaptation of 'Foundation' will star Jared Harris and Lee Pace

Apple TV+ adaptation of 'Foundation' will star Jared Harris and Lee Pace

View
Snap continues to add new users

Snap continues to add new users

View
Google wants to be your guide to Champions League soccer

Google wants to be your guide to Champions League soccer

View
Scoot makes its new single-seat mopeds available in Los Angeles

Scoot makes its new single-seat mopeds available in Los Angeles

View
Facebook's version of political neutrality isn't neutral

Facebook's version of political neutrality isn't neutral

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr