Android Maps Are Getting Way Better Battery Life and Location Services

Google has some new stuff coming up for Maps for Android. Details aren't super detailed right now, and of course we'll believe some of this when we see it, but the claims are pretty incredible.

First, is Fused Location Provider. This uses all your phone's sensors to find your location. Google's claiming that the location mode will use less than one percent of batter per hour while active. That would be a huge deal! Except we don't know what size battery Google's talking about, and also that it would be an incredible achievement, so this is one to watch to see if it really behaves like Google claims it will.

Next is improved geofencing. This is a HUGE thing to look forward to, since it will let your phone know when you enter an area that it should turn on functions, or perform certain tasks, but Google didn't say much more than that it's working on it. It's been a big need on Android for a while now, though, so it's encouraging.

And last is a smart recognition of activity, which means your accelerometer will know when you're walking, running, biking, or driving. Awesome. Very cool for activity trackers.

Check out all the news coming out of Google I/O here.