April 30, 2021
Google Maps Saved Places Update Expands the Tab's Usefulness

Google Makes a Small but Significant Change to One of Google Maps’ most Under-Utilized Features

Google Maps Saved places tab has received a much-needed redesign that makes it far more useful than previous iterations…

Although Google began a big overhaul of Maps back in February, some areas of the app experience haven’t changed. But, bit by bit, just about every aspect is getting some level of attention. Now, the Saved tab in Google Maps sports more functionality. Instead of rendering a simple list when tapped, the Google Maps Saved button now launches a large image carousel of places.

Google Maps Saved Places Update Expands the Tab’s Usefulness

The update makes it easier to both find, sort, and rediscover location — if there’s a lot of saved spots. It’s now possible to order places recently saved and by distance (that is, if Location History is enabled). If so, the app which actually suggest places to add based on previous locations visited. Plus, visited locations will now automatically save on the app’s Timeline feature. Google explains:

“You can also easily find that amazing hole in the wall restaurant you visited during one of your past vacations, or that cute boutique you popped into a few weeks ago. All of these insights are now organized by time, city, region or country.”

While the changes are certainly welcome, there are some drawbacks. For example, users who have saved a ton of places will find the new interface is a bit cluttered. And, there’s no quick way to turn labels on and off. This undermines its very purpose, because it discourages users from saving more places. However, the minor problems will probably be fixed over time.

Savannah Marie

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