If you’re on the Google Maps beta channel, you probably received an update to v9.55 in the last day or so. After hunting for a while, we haven’t seen any notable changes on most devices; except if you’re running Android O, in which case the latest version enables a full array of notification channels. The hunt for features also brought out a teardown with a hint that users may finally have the option to download offline maps for whole countries.
Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
Notification channels for Android O
Apps with notification channels are popping up left and right, and after the teardown of Maps v9.54 included a header title for “other” notifications, it was a pretty obvious they would be turning up here too. If you’re running Android O, you can head over the notification settings and look through each channel to customize its importance, sounds, vibrations, and whatever else suits it.
At this time, I count 28 channels, one for each of the notification types listed in the app, plus a couple of general channels. There is also a link at the bottom that opens directly into the settings screen inside of Maps. Unlike the Android Messages app, the old screen for notification settings is still there, but those are a bit redundant on Android O.
Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android’s application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information. It’s possible that the guesses made here are totally and completely wrong. Even when predictions are correct, there is always a chance that plans could change or may be canceled entirely. Much like rumors, nothing is certain until it’s officially announced and released.
The features discussed below are probably not live yet, or may only be live for a small