Google Maps today updated its iOS and Android apps with a listing feature that lets users save and add their favorite locations to customized lists, which they can subsequently share to friends and family. Once a list is created, users can also follow other people’s lists for inspiration when visiting new cities.
To add a location into a list, navigate to it in the Google Maps app and tap the “Save” button to choose from a collection of pre-set lists, or users can create their own custom lists. In the left-handed menu on the app, “Your Places” will hold all of the lists saved in Google Maps and also includes share cards to send to friends via text, email, or social networks. When opened inside of Google Maps, users can then choose to follow a shared list so it’s always saved within their own “Your Places” tab.
Is your bucket list etched in your memory, or scribbled on a dozen post-it notes scattered around your home? Have you ever promised out-of-town guests an email full of your favorite spots, only to never get around to clicking send? Starting today, you can create lists of places, share your lists with others, and follow the lists your friends and family share with you—without ever leaving the Google Maps app
Lists will be made available to view offline, so if users download the data for an area prior to visiting, they can continue to use both the GPS and list features of Google Maps even without an internet or cellular connection. The update will be rolling out to users on iOS and Android throughout the day.
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Google updated its Maps app for iOS today to include the live crowd-tracking feature that’s been popular with users of its Maps web service for some time.
While the maps app has had day-by-day, hour-by-hour charts that display when a business or retail location tends to be at its busiest, version 4.27 of the app augments that information with live data to tell users how busy the location is in real time.
Called Popular Times, the feature works by crowd-sourcing anonymized location data from other Google users and also feeds in Google searches to analyze how busy a location is at any given moment. Alongside the live results, the feature also lets users know the average time people spend at a location.
The iOS update also adds support for quick access to addresses copied to a user’s clipboard. So when searching in the app, users are now given the option to fill in the search bar with an address copied from an email or other app.
Google is rolling out an update to Google Maps for iOS that lets users request a ride from Uber without ever having to leave the app.
Previously, users of Maps could get a ride cost estimate and start the process of hailing a ride, but would eventually be kicked into the Uber app proper for confirmation and payment.
Now however, users can book and pay for an Uber directly within Google Maps, without having to have the official Uber app installed on their device, thanks to a redesigned “ride services” section.
Google announced the update on Thursday in a blog post, explaining that Maps users need only to sign in to their existing Uber account (or create one) in order to book an Uber ride, track the driver on the map, and connect with the driver, all from within the Maps app.
Users are also able to take a look at information about their destination while en route, with menus, hours, and other details available in-app. Though listed in the ride services section, Lyft currently doesn’t appear to support the same booking process as yet. The Maps update is currently being rolled out globally and should appear on user’s phones any time now.
Google’s Santa Tracker went live today, allowing anyone with Google Maps installed on an iOS device to keep up with Santa’s mythical journey across the world in real time.
Users can type ‘track santa’ into the Google Maps search field to view the area in which Santa can be currently found dispensing gifts. Tapping the blue Santa icon in the bottom right of the screen offers up more details about the region, including a live video feed and an arrival time for Santa’s next stop as well as the user’s current location.
We’ve received this special preview from one of Santa’s many developer elves, who are hard at work in the North Pole helping Santa prepare for his big day. Santa’s dashboard – featuring the latest and greatest in Google Maps technology and sleigh engineering – will allow you to follow his progress around the world, and also learn a little about some of his stops along the way.
Further down the screen are options to play a selection of festive mini games, watch videos of Santa going about his business, and access a portal to Santa’s village.
Friendly elves have invited younger Google Maps users to explore the village, where they can learn about holiday traditions around the world, play games like Present Bounce and Penguin Dash, visit North Pole airport, code a snowflake, and take a Santa selfie, as well as other fun activities.
Google’s Santa Tracker continues a 12-year tradition for the company, allowing excited children and parents to keep up with the jolly gift-giver’s travels throughout December 24.
As of writing, Santa was last seen in Urup, in the Kuril Islands, with his next scheduled stop being Onekotan.
Google has announced a new feature to its Search and Maps apps that enables Black Friday shoppers to know how busy a store is in real time.
Dubbed “crowd control”, the live feature comes on the back of the company’s Popular Times feature, introduced last year, that lets users check how busy a place typically is at different times of the week.
Just in time for the Black Friday swarms, we’re adding a real-time look at how crowded a place is right now, to help you decide where and when to go. Whether you’re rushing to pick up a last minute gift or seeking a lively bar for some festive spirit, check Popular Times for a sneak preview of what to expect when you arrive.
The feature works by crowd-sourcing anonymized location data from other Google users and also feeds in Google searches to analyze how busy a location is at any given moment.
In addition, Google is also introducing a new way of checking how long people typically stay at a particular location, thereby allowing users to plan their itinerary ahead of time and to the minute.
The features augment the apps’ existing location information, which also now includes individual department and service hours for stores, businesses, restaurants. The added times are meant to help users know what time they can, say, use the pharmacy at the local drugstore or supermarket, or to find out what time food delivery begins at a nearby restaurant.
Many retailers offer steep discounts on popular items on Black Friday in order to attract customers, with Apple products frequently being included in these sales. To keep track of all the best Apple-related deals, be sure to visit MacRumors‘ Black Friday roundup page.