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Sep272018

Group Planning on Google Maps for iOS and Android, Google Celebrates 20th Birth Anniversary with Doodle, Garage Street View

Initially announced at I/O earlier this year, Google Maps for Android and iOS has started rolling out “group planning” feature to let users collaborate on making a planned trip altogether.

Thanks to the new group planning tool, users can now shortlist places of interest and share them with others.

In order to get started with this new feature, users need to bring the small floating bubble to any place that they want to add to a shortlist and long press. This shortlists of interest can then be shared with others on any messaging platform.

Once it’s shared, those who have access can then vote, add or remove suggestions on the list in Google Maps.

Here are screen animations showing the complete process:

Add places to shortlist:

Google Maps Group Planning Tool : Add Places to Shorlist

Share the shortlist with friends:

Google Maps Group Planning Tool: Share shortlist

Members can add or delete places, and vote on a place together:

Google Maps Group Planning Tool: Add, Vote, Delete Places

Group planning tool is rolling out on Android and iOS starting this week.

All users need to do to get started is download the Google Maps app or update it from the Play Store or App Store.

Also, Google commemorates its 20th anniversary with an inside on original garage 1998-style, a doodle highlighting key events of the past 20 years.

Just peek through Google history and find the secret trapdoor and turn on the neon light—a secret easter egg world awaits you—browse Google Garage on Santa Margarita, Menlo Park here.

Google Garage on Santa Margarita, Menlo Par-Street View Imagery

Today’s Google Doodle has a hidden in Search for a limited time, “you’ll be thrown back to (and flashed forward from) the days when “what is Y2K?” was your most burning tech question, Pluto was still a planet, and clip art was a critical part of visual communication,” Google said.

Google Doodle for Search Queries

Here is a video of Google’s 20th anniversary Search Queries Doodle:

For more interesting tidbits, check out this official Google 20th birthday doodle page, as well as a link to a 20 years with Google page that randomly cycles through the most popular search terms, including Search for “Tuva” from 1998 to now.

And, OH! THE THINGS YOU’LL FIND! — a Google Search poetry composed of some popular search query terms:

Google Easter Eggs

OH!
THE THINGS YOU’LL FIND! Happy birthday, Google!

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