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Google Maps Adds Multiple Destination Directions, Timeline Notes To Android
SpadesFlush
That sounds like a nice idea but it does not seem to be an option here in New York just yet.

I just downloaded again Google Maps and the "Add Stop" option does not appear.

I am going to London in a week and maybe it will appear there.
SpadesFlush
And now Google Maps changes its mind and provides the "Add Stop" option.
Ken in Regina
Still doesn't appear on mine.

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Ken in Regina
I'm really confused now. "Add stop" appears on my phone. It also appears on my Minix media hub (a full Android system). But it doesn't show up on my tablet.

...ken...
SpadesFlush
I am finding that it comes and goes; I haven't parsed the logic just yet.
SpadesFlush
One annoying aspect of it is that you cannot easily manage the sequence of the stops (a la S&T/AR) once they are entered. You must delete and re-enter.
SpadesFlush
Another interesting Google Maps feature that I am just now discovering is the "Timeline." Your movements (or your phone's movements to be slightly more precise) have been tracked by Big Brother Google for some time now. The difference is that now Google will actually share that information with you! See https://support.google.com/maps/answer/6258979?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en. Manna from heaven for divorce lawyers!
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by SpadesFlush
One annoying aspect of it is that you cannot easily manage the sequence of the stops (a la S&T/AR) once they are entered. You must delete and re-enter.
That part is easy. Just long-press and drag the stop up or down the list. At least that works for me.

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Ken in Regina
I have always been in the habit of turning off the location history first thing when I set up a new device, checking periodically to be sure it's still off, and telling it No every time it asks to turn it on (every time I search for something in Maps). Also I never turn the GPS sensor on unless I'm planning to use it.

I realize Google still tracks based on network and WiFi location estimating but I haven't figured any way to block that that wouldn't be a huge inconvenience.

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SpadesFlush
I kinda like the history thing. I find it fills in some of my senility. Certainly, I have very little left to hide.
werdnanostaw
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
I have always been in the habit of turning off the location history first thing when I set up a new device, checking periodically to be sure it's still off, and telling it No every time it asks to turn it on (every time I search for something in Maps). Also I never turn the GPS sensor on unless I'm planning to use it.

I realize Google still tracks based on network and WiFi location estimating but I haven't figured any way to block that that wouldn't be a huge inconvenience.

...ken...
If you're concerned about privacy, don't go on the Internet. Look at these links to see what Google knows about you. They know everywhere you have been, what you have searched for and which web pages you have visited back to the beginning of time.

https://www.google.com/maps/timeline

https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity
Boyd
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Originally Posted by werdnanostaw
Look at these links to see what Google knows about you.
Interesting… reminds me why I dislike Google and don't use their products very often. I don't know what they did to Google maps in the past year or so, but with my slow internet connection here, I find it almost unusuable on my Mac and Windows machines now. It is really slow to zoom and scroll now, used to be much faster.

I don't use Google Maps on my iPhone or Android tablet. And just don't like it when a company's business is finding out everything possible about me and selling that information.

Anyway, looking at my Google search history, the newest activity is about a year old. Awhile ago I went to my Google account and made the privacy settings very restrictive, so I assume that's why.

Or maybe they just don't show your most recent history?
SpadesFlush
Another observation of Google Map's Timeline feature: it is a memory glutton.

It tracks your every movement and remembers it. It is on your cell phone. After a while, this might be a problem. It was for me. I have a very cheap Android device with only a nominal 8 Gb of internal memory, although I have a memory card that gives me some more capacity. After "up-grading"to the Android Marshmallow O/S (another big mistake) I learned that all apps and apps data and cache must be stored in the internal memory without the option of storing some of it on the SD card. This started to be a problem as I was getting warning messages and at one point the phone would not synch my emails due to inadequate internal memory. It took me a while to figure out that my Google Maps data was almost 0.5 Gb by itself! I could not find any way of selectively clearing out bits of the map data so I had to flush it all which was probably largely Timeline data. Some of the unintended consequences of that little maneuver was to lose many of the location data for calendar entries. And there, it seemed to be the ones where I added location references on the phone. For the ones where I had added location references on my computer browser, they seemed to survive the data purge. In other words, Google Calendar seems to synch "permanently" location references only if entered on the browser version and not on the phone version. And the latter are more vulnerable to erasure.

Even without privacy concerns, this is a pretty strong argument not to activate Timeline. There may be ways of deleting some or all of the history without destroying other data, but it just makes things more complicated.
werdnanostaw
After "up-grading"to the Android Marshmallow O/S (another big mistake) I learned that all apps and apps data and cache must be stored in the internal memory without the option of storing some of it on the SD card.

Note that this was written off the top of my head with no recent research or "in the trenches" support experience.

This may be the case in your case but I don't believe it's generally true.

I have come across some Samsung phones (Duos?) released several years ago that couldn't move apps to the SD card but most phones can.

Issue 1

As I recall from the research I did when my phone (Motorola Moto G Gen 2 dual SIM) offered Marshmallow and suggested that I format my SD card (Eek!) I found that if you wanted to be able to move movable apps to the SD card you had to format the card.

BACKUP all of your data on the SD card - photos, movies, ebooks, audiobooks, music - before you initiate the format.

You don't have to worry about backing up your apps but you should move the ones you have enough storage for back to internal memory. However, if you acquired them via the Play Store, you can redownload them. I don't think there is a way to do them all automatically. You have to select each one individually.

This is a good thing as it will let you decide whether you really want the app whereas you may have been loathe to delete them before.

Tip 1

Just like Windows PCs need to be COLD booted frequently, not just Sleeped or warm booted, Android phones should be switched off regularly to clear the garbage.

And just like Windows should be bare metal reinstalled every few months, though I don't know whether the new Refresh OS feature in Win 10 obviates the need for going the Full Monty, Android phones should be factory reset every few months.

My feeling is that to to get the full benefit of the upgrade to Marshmallow you should do a factory reset at the same time as you format the SD card.

On most phones you initiate a factory reset by holding down the Power button and the Volume Up or Down buttons. With Samsung phones you have to press a third button simultaneously - Home I think. A menu is displayed before the reset is triggered so it is (should be) safe to test these key combinations.

Tip 2

I believe the camera app can be configured to save photos to SD card so they don't fill up your internal storage.

If you need to find all the existing data in internal memory - photos, movies, ebooks, audiobooks, music - so you can move them to the SD card I recommend the ES File Manager app.

Issue 2

The screen under Settings, Apps, specific app has changed so that even if an app is movable it no longer displays a Move to SD card button. You have to tap Storage, that looks like a heading with no indication that it is tapable. You then have to tap Change to move the App to the SD card.

If you go in via Storage & USB, Internal storage, Apps, specific app if an app is movable it displays a Change button.

Solution

It is total pain to have to look at each app to see if it is movable. Install AppMgr III and it will scan all of your apps and tell you which ones are movable. In earlier versions of Android AppMgr could automatically move all movable apps but due to changes in Android security this no longer possible. You have to initiate the move for each app manually.

AppMgr also scans the cache usage of each app and gives you the option of clearing the cache for individual apps or, at least in this instance, AppMgr can clear all caches in one go.

Gotcha

When an app is updated it is automatically moved back to internal memory.

I think AppMgr continues to run in the background if you have run it after a reboot and it will tell you when an app can be moved to the SD card. Maybe you have to run it yourself.
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