• Google Maps introduces a social feature for collaborative planning, enabling shared lists and voting on activities.
  • Improved transit directions offer detailed route views, preferences, and station details for precise navigation.
  • Google Maps enhances user interaction with emoji reactions for photos, videos, and reviews, fostering personalized responses.

Google Maps is set to roll out a new social feature facilitating collaborative planning directly within the app. The update enhances the list feature, enabling users to share places, plan outings, and vote on group activities.

Users can collectively decide on activities and preferences with friends by creating a collaborative list. The voting mechanism, represented by emojis like hearts or thumbs down, aids in finalizing plans based on popular choices.

This update transforms the Maps app into a comprehensive tool for planning from start to finish, streamlining the coordination process for hangouts and group activities. The feature will be available on Android and iOS globally in the upcoming weeks.

Tailored Transit Routes

Google Maps is introducing improved transit directions, offering users a more detailed view of the best route based on ETA, transfers, and trip duration. The customization option allows users to select transit preferences and routes with minimal walking.

Station details, including entrances, exits, and walking routes, ensure precise navigation. These transit updates will roll out on Android and iOS in the coming weeks.

Interactive Responses to Photos and Reviews

Google Maps enhances user engagement by introducing emoji reactions for photos, videos, and reviews. Users can now express their feelings through various emojis, and Emoji Kitchen enables the creation of mashup reactions for more personalized responses. The emoji reactions feature is globally available on Android and iOS starting today.


Edited by Shruti Thapa