Google Maps on Android Just Added Multi-Stop Directions

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  1. dgstorm

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    "The best just got better" is a worn out phrase in marketing, but that doesn't necessarily mean it isn't true. In this case, that is the best description possible for the news we have. Google Maps on Android just added a super-handy feature that most users have been wishing it had for some time: you can now add multiple locations when getting directions.

    This means that you can map out your route with several stops if you have multiple different errands to run along the way to your destination. While this feature has been available on the desktop version of Google Maps for some-time, it's rather baffling that Google has taken so long to include it on their Android version of the app.

    Here's how it works. You now set waypoints along the way when adding a destination in Maps. You just have to enter a destination, and the select "Add stop" in the overflow menu. After that, every destination along the route will be assigned a letter of the alphabet. This will show up on the displayed route after you hit "Done," and you can add any number of waypoints that you want. You can even rearrange their order.

    Source: Google Lat Long: Kick off your summer travels with these new Google Maps features
     
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    Very handy feature. Glad to see it added.
     
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    With Google owning Waze, I'm not sure why it took this long. And why they maintain two apps that do the same thing.
     
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    Excellent...this is long overdue. Used Maps for my navigation last year on a trip from here in MD to North Dakota...each way, it required at least one overnight stop. I had to chop up the trip planning into separate pieces for each leg.
     
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    Really? When I take a long trip (1,000 miles between the town I call home and my hometown) from point A to point B, I just stop somewhere along the way.

    Where I see this as being more useful is when there are several different attractions/etc. that you want to hit in one trip.
     
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    Yeah, I had to plan it on account of traveling with my girlfriend, her mom, and (at least for one way of each round-trip) her niece and nephew. Of course she needed to know exactly where we were stopping over each night and approximately how long we'd be on the road each day. I mapped it out down to where the hotel was that we'd be staying over at. Traveling with a 7 and 5 year old is....interesting. LOL.

    I realize it might've been overkill...if it were just me traveling or we didn't need the exactness, then no, I wouldn't have cared where/when to stop.
     
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    Nah. That makes perfect sense. I don't personally travel with much more of a plan than, "I'm starting here and arriving there and may stop somewhere in between," but I know the type that needs to have a complete itinerary. Luckily for me, my wife is just as easy-going about travelling as I am.
     
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    I'd drive off a cliff if people were like that in my car.
     
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    I don't get it. I've been using this feature for months now. My wife and I used it during our yard sale excursions on the weekends. Did they just announce it?

    Edit; Interesting. They're making it sound like it's a brand new feature. Maybe they made it live months ago as a beta?

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    Yeah, I am too...and during the trip, she mentioned that she wished we had more time to check out sights and stuff along the way. Had it not been for the actual purpose of picking up/dropping off her niece and nephew, she'd have been more laid back about the trip as well.

    It must be only for a select few. I don't seem to have that option on my phone's Maps, nor do I see an update for it yet in the Play Store.
     
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    Interesting... Now it's gone!

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    Google Maps doesn't show where the po-po are sitting. And never will.

    I just want to know when Google Maps will be out of Beta??!?? I can't believe it's still called a beta.
    I think we waited longer for Maps to be out of beta then we waited for a Duke Nukem sequel. :D
     
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