Google is getting ready to update its Google Maps Android application to version 7.5, which will apparently support Gmail integration, and which is already available for unofficial download.
Android Police has gotten its hands on the APK, which can be downloaded for Android devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or later, or Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later (see Source link below).
The main feature of Google Maps 7.5 is Gmail integration, which will let the maps application display relevant data including hotel, restaurant and flight reservation taken from Gmail when users look for locations relevant to that sort of information, as you can see in the image above. In order to actually discover the feature, you have to search for locations that are related to upcoming events or travel plans that are listed in your Gmail emails.
The publication speculates that initially, the Gmail integration feature will be available to U.S. Android device owners, as is usual with new software features offered by Google’s apps.
However, it’s not clear when Google Maps 7.5 will be available for official download, although interested users can grab the file already and test drive the new Gmail integration feature. The same feature will reportedly also be available on iOS devices that will run version 2.5 of the app, which was released on December 11. Oddly though, the changelog for Google Maps 2.5 for iOS doesn’t mention Gmail integration.
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I just received 4.42 OTA , then on reboot Maps 7.5 was ready for download. This is in Australia on a Nexus 10.
I got the update today.
I got a whole bunch of app updates and Google maps was one of them and when I checked. I had 7.5.
Neat but evasive.
The email integration is really good, especially when looking for an airport that you’re due to fly into or out of in the near future.
I wish Google would put some effort into the Navigation portion of Google Maps(version 7). I’m still on 6.14.4, because it is so much better for everyday driving, traffic, etc.
i’m in the same boat. I won’t update beyond that until they fix the mess that it has become