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.
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.
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