04 April 2018
Google Maps beta recently received an update which bumped up the version number to 9.71. While it did not bring any major changes on the outside, it offers hints towards what features are expected to come in future updates. These expected features have been spotted in the APK teardown of the latest version shared by XDA folks.
The biggest feature (as per the teardown) expected to arrive in the future is the ability to submit road names. Google Maps is likely to offer an option to users using which they will be able to submit missing road names. The relevant strings in the teardown suggest that while submitting a road name, the app will ask the user to confirm whether it is an address or a road name. While it is not mentioned, it is likely to happen that submitted road names will be visible only after Google's approval.
In future Google Maps versions, users might have the option for enabling battery level accessibility feature. It means the app might read out the level of battery remaining to the user. While it is hard to tell how exactly this functionality will work, there are hints that it will even tell users whether their device is charging or not.
Other features spotted in the teardown are related to transit and ETA information. These features are more about improving the overall user experience instead of bringing something completely new or different. But it should be noted that all of these are simply speculated features based on the APK teardown. It means it is hard to tell if and when these features will make their way to the stable version.