Google Maps switches from custom to native share sheet

Following Chrome last year and Photos a few months ago on Android 14, Google Maps is the latest first-party app to drop its custom share sheet and switch to the native version.

While the previous version made use of a sheet, it was basically a fullscreen UI with “Share” and a close button at the very top, while your profile picture, name, and email address appeared as part of a “Sharing as” indicator in the corner.

The sheet let you quickly “Type a name, phone number, or email” and that was followed by a carousel of Suggestions. App shortcuts appeared next, including Copy to clipboard and More to access other apps.

The new version on Android 14+ brings up the system Share sheet. The link preview is richer with the place name and even an image. You then get Direct Share contacts and the app grid, with “Maps: Add to list” appearing first. 

Meanwhile, Google Maps had added a more prominent share button on fully open listings. It appears next to the search icon and is much faster to access than scrolling the Directions, Start, Call, Save, etc. carousel.

We’re the Android 14 share sheet on version 11.122.x of Google Maps today.

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Alibaba develops native DingTalk app for HarmonyOS, as Huawei aims to end support for Android apps

Alibaba Group Holding is developing a new version of its workplace collaboration app that is compatible with Huawei Technologies’ HarmonyOS platform, as the US-sanctioned telecoms equipment giant seeks wider adoption of its home-grown operating system and moves to cut dependence on Google’s Android.

DingTalk, one of four business pillars newly tasked with spearheading Alibaba’s future growth, will also collaborate with Huawei in industrial innovation, technology application and business development, according to a post published on DingTalk’s WeChat account on Thursday.

“Digitalisation and the development of intelligent technology require innovative collaboration across the industry chain,” said Ye Jun, president of DingTalk.

The move by Alibaba, owner of the South China Morning Post, comes as major Chinese internet companies from Alibaba’s e-commerce rival JD.com to food-delivery giant Meituan are actively recruiting app developers for projects based on Huawei’s self-developed operating system.

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Can Huawei’s Harmony OS for smartphones compete with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS?

Can Huawei’s Harmony OS for smartphones compete with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS?

Huawei introduced HarmonyOS in August 2019 as an alternative to Google’s Android, three months after the Shenzhen-based company was added to the US government’s Entity List, barring American suppliers from selling software, chips and other technologies to the Chinese tech firm without Washington’s approval.

As part of a strategy set out this year by Huawei founder and chief executive Ren Zhengfei, the company aims to get more companies and users into the HarmonyOS ecosystem to counter the impact of US sanctions.

The next iteration of Huawei’s cross-device platform, HarmonyOS Next, will no longer support Android-based apps, said Richard Yu Chengdong, chief executive of the firm’s consumer business group and chairman of its Intelligent Automotive Solution business unit, at the company’s annual developer conference in August.
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Native Android 14 share sheet will replace the custom menu on Google Photos

For those unaware, the share sheet is the page that shows up when you want to share an image, a website, or certain content from your phone. When you press the share button, this page shows up showing all the platforms and people that you can share with. According to Google News on Telegram (via 9to5Google), with changes to the Android share sheet taking place in Android 14, it seems that some of Google’s own apps will stop offering a custom share sheet and instead use the default Android share sheet.
For example, Google Photos is planning to follow Google Chrome and drop its custom share sheet for the new native Android 14 menu. Chrome used its own share sheet for years but is also taking the opportunity in Android 14 to help Google present a more unified software experience. The new Google Photos share sheet will include a preview on the top of the page with four shortcuts directly underneath (Send in Photos, Add to Album, Create Album, and Create Link). A Modify button in the upper right will allow you to select additional images.
The bottom of the default share sheet includes the apps used frequently by the device owner with a row of Direct Share contacts on top. So regardless of whether you are sharing a picture by sending it directly to a pal’s messaging app, or sharing a screenshot of your driver’s license to an auto insurance company via Gmail, the process is easy and simple to use. So far, the new share sheet has not yet made it to my Pixel 6 Pro running Android 14 Beta 5.3.
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