Google Maps beta for Android Community Report

Google Maps version 9.88.0 beta comes with two noteworthy changes and some minor design tweaks here and there. Courtesy of beta_previewer, we got some pretty early glimpse of a feature that is going to make it's way to the stable release of the app.

Group planning (Shortlisting)

Shortlisting is a new and better way of planning visits/events. By making a shortlist, users can share their plans with friends and family to let them know about any future group visits and get everyone's vote. In the meantime, adding a place can be done by a long-press. If votes suggest the removal of a place, then that is possible too. Also, setting a custom shortlist name is included as an option.

Design changes

  • A new button to access Map type and the Map details

Google has added a new button, which lets users change the Map type and Map detail settings on the fly. It is positioned right below the search bar and above the directions icon. Tapping on it shows the following three map types: Default, Satellite, and Terrain. Also, the map details can be set to Transit, Traffic, and Bicycling.

  • Updated Google Earth logo in the side menu

  • New icons with outlines from Android Pie

On a side note, the Group planning feature is only available for some selected users, so just be patient, until you get it.

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