Back in May, Google announced a ton of features for Maps that have slowly been rolling out ever since. Today, the company released the one I was personally most anticipating: The ability to plan outings with friends.
For most people, planning an outing with friends involves sending a variety of links in a message thread, which quickly becomes messy and confusing, making it hard to compare and contrast choices. Google’s solution lives right within Maps: Long press on a location and it’ll be added to a shareable shortlist. The list will live as a floating bubble on your screen, making it easy to quickly use as a reference.
Once shared – through your messaging platform of choice – your friends can add locations to the list. Everyone can upvote or downvote choices; the one with the highest rating will be highlighted with a green ‘Top Voted’ bubble.
Google isn’t the first to come up with such a group planning feature, but it’s ubiquity immediately gives it a leg up over the alternatives. Pretty much everyone uses Google Maps, or at least has it installed on their phone.