Google Maps Makes it Easier to Decide on a Restaurant With New Group Planning Feature

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Google today announced a new group planning feature for Google Maps on iOS and Android, which aims to make it easier for a group of friends to decide on a place to eat.

To use the feature, open Google Maps and tap "Restaurants" on the Explore tab. Then long press on any location to add it to a shortlist, shown in a small floating bubble on the lower right side of the screen. Once you add a few places you can share the shortlist with friends through any messaging app, like iMessages, which will then let them browse the list and link them back to Google Maps.


Friends can then vote in Google Maps on their favorite restaurant in the shortlist, and every member in the group can add and delete places. Voting results are showed in Google Maps, and if a group member doesn't have the app they can also view it on the web.

This may sound familiar: you and your friends are trying to pick a place for dinner, but no one wants to make the decision and you don't know where to go. How do you decide on a place that your BBQ aficionado bestie, quinoa-loving sister, and wannabe foodie friend can all enjoy without scrolling through a ton of links in group text messages?

Starting today, you can use Google Maps to easily plan where to go as a group

At Google I/O in May, Google outlined numerous features coming to Google Maps throughout the year, including AR Street View, a "For You" Tab, and this week's group planning feature. Recently, Google Maps on iOS also updated with an events section and elevation data, and introduced CarPlay support in iOS 12.

Group planning will start rolling out on iOS and Android this week.

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22 months ago

That Google thinks you need a voting system to decide on a restaurant with friends shows once again that they don’t understand what it’s like to be normal humans.

Unfortunately you'd be surprised. My friends are so bad about deciding where to eat I made an app that picks for us. When I start the app there's a 20 second countdown, if they don't decide by then the app picks a place and they have to deal with it.
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22 months ago
Fixed the headline:

Google Maps Makes it More Lucrative to Target Ads To You By Knowing Which Restaurant You're Going To, When, And With Which Friends
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22 months ago

Unfortunately you'd be surprised. My friends are so bad about deciding where to eat I made an app that picks for us. When I start the app there's a 20 second countdown, if they don't decide by then the app picks a place and they have to deal with it.

... no comment :D
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22 months ago

Because texting your friends for suggestions on where to eat is too difficult nowadays? I'm sorry, but I'll probably never use this feature.

For some it can be a similar type of improvement that texting brought for this kind of thing over calling, for example.
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22 months ago
Sounds like a useful, fun tool particularly for younger folks in bigger cities - it would be much better if Apple did it with privacy for the users. (i.e. without the results and your constant date / time / location defaulting into your permanent file for future reference and access by Google and whatever govt comes into power at some future point.)
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