Google Maps gets enhanced timeline, multi-stop support in latest update

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With many users hitting the roads for the Independence Day weekend in the U.S., Google rolled out a couple new changes to their Google Maps app to help people get where they are going and remember all the good times they had there. The new features include the ability to setup multi-stop routes on Android devices, with the feature coming to iOS soon, and the ability to add notes to the Timeline.

Multi-stop routing has been a long-requested upgrade for the Google Maps app. Based on the description provided by Google, the feature is just as powerful as if a user were laying out a route on their desktop. One the initial destination has been selected, users can hit the corner menu to find a new option to “Add a stop.” The nice thing about adding a stop is that they can be rearranged by dragging and dropping them in the list.

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Google also indicates that when you are adding a new stop to a route, you can still use search for types of places like gas stations or restaurants. Once all of the stops are added, users just hit “Done” and they should be ready to role. The multi-stop route will even launch properly in Google navigation mode.

Another new feature involves the oft-overlooked Timeline that Google Maps maintains, assuming a user has not turned it off. The Timeline normally runs in the background and keeps track of the places you stop and the routes you traveled to get there, even when not actively using Google Maps. Most users probably never bother looking at the Location History that is part of the Timeline, although they may see the fruits of it when checking out Google Now and seeing information on when to leave for appointments, where the car was parked, or alerts about traffic conditions.

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This new change appears to be a move by Google to make the Timeline a tool that users will actually want to access and manage. Users can now go back in the timeline, select a date, and enter notes and comments about what they were doing that day.

The update started rolling out to users late in the week, so you may very well have it available already. If not, be on the lookout for it.

source: Google Maps


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3 along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.