Google Maps now lets you share restaurant options with a group — and vote on them.
You’re going to eat this feature up.
Nearly all of us have been on that endless group text where it seems like you’ll never be able to pick a restaurant you can all agree on. Your vegan brother wants one thing, your carnivore cousin wants another, and your frugal dad something else entirely.
Enter Google Maps, which today launched a new feature that can help alleviate the pain of a situation like that — by letting users add restaurants to a list, which can then be shared to any messaging platform, and voted upon. Plus, Google serves up reviews of the restaurants to help you pick.
Here’s how it works, via Google: “Starting today, you can use Google Maps to easily plan where to go as a group. Simply long press on any place to add it to a shortlist – the small floating bubble on the side of your screen. Once you’ve added places, you can quickly share the list with your friends on any messaging platform, add or remove additional places, and vote together in Google Maps.”
You’ll see that there are handy “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” icons that allow you to easily vote on the restaurants you do — and don’t want — so you can all more easily come to a consensus. You can get the feature by downloading the newest version of Google Maps.
This feature may help enhance the popularity of the already popular Google Maps. A survey from business information site The Manifest found that Google Maps is six times more popular than other navigation apps — with nearly 70% of smartphone users using it, compared to just over one in 10 who used Waze, which was the second most popular navigation apps. Already, Google Maps has more than one billion users worldwide, according to multiple sources.
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