Google continues to make enhancements to Google Maps in 2017. We have already seen them add features to help users park their cars and they updated the Android app with some interface improvements. Now Google Maps is getting a touch of social networking joy in the form of lists of places that can be shared and followed by others.
Before getting into the sharing aspect, Google touches on some of the changes they made to the concept of saving places. In the past when a user wanted to save a place, they would “star” it and all starred locations were added to a single master list. Google updated that concept to add a category called “Favorites” and another one called “Want to go” to add a little bit of flexibility. This latest update gives users the ability to create and name their own lists to hold all of the places they want to save for future reference or use.
Once you have a list ready, it can be accessed by sliding out the menu drawer and selecting Your Places. On the next screen, use the tabs at the top to select “Saved” places, then select the list. Once you have the update, you will see the familiar Share button icon in the top menu bar next to the hamburger button. Tap it and select a method of sharing the list. For recipients of the list, they will receive a link to the list that they can then “Follow” to make it available in their own “My Places” menu.
Google notes that the lists and saved locations will be available across all platforms, so you will be good to go whether using a mobile app or via a desktop browser. Google even anticipated users wanting access to their saved locations and lists when offline and added that capability into the new feature. Similar to how Google Maps works now, if a user is checking out Google Maps and they are close to a saved location, it will be shown on the map, unless they happened to select the option to not have a list’s places displayed.
If you are not using Google Maps and for some reason do not have it on your device, you can download it or check for the update using the link below.
Download it now: Google Play