Google is introducing a couple of useful features to Google Maps on Android today, one of which will undoubtedly be greeted with cheers around the world.
While Google Maps already let users add a pit stop to trips while in navigation mode, now they will be able to input their start and end points and add multiple “stop offs” in advance, without beginning navigation. To use this new feature, hit the little three-dot menu and press “Add a stop.”
For many, this has been a long time coming, as it effectively means you can plot an entire route ahead of time — one that takes in numerous stops and diversions — without having to repeatedly plug in a new “point B.” Though this feature will only be available on Android initially, it will be coming to iOS users “soon.”
While Google’s official announcement didn’t reveal whether there was a limit to the number of stops you could input in advance, a spokesperson has now confirmed that you can add up to 10 locations as part of a single journey.
In addition to this, Google is also introducing a new update to users’ timelines that transforms their GPS-powered travel history into a diary of sorts — they can now add notes to remember what they did at a certain time in a specific place.
Google first introduced its Timeline feature last summer as a means of showing users everywhere they’ve ever been. It’s a neat tool, for sure, but those who wish to opt out can disable their location history from their settings if they’d rather not have their every movement recorded for posterity. The new notes feature is a nice addition to the images that are already pulled in automatically from your Google Photos profile — what you will effectively have is a personal log of every place you visit, replete with pictures and personal anecdotes.