Google Is Adding A New “Dock To Bottom” Feature To The Google Maps Website, Allowing Users To Parse Through Different Important Locations More Easily

Google Maps is testing out a new “dock to bottom” feature, making the process of going through and selecting restaurants or other places of interest a bit easier, as reported by SEroundtable.

Google Maps has become such a hub of convenience for users across the world. Being perhaps the most convenient and detailed of all map interfaces available (sorry, Apple Maps, but it just isn’t the cards for you), Google Maps has become a widely used tool for people of all ages. It’s a GPS, it provides accurate traffic information, has details about places of importance, price ranges and reviews. Honestly, any casual outing can easily be planned through just a few minutes’ worth of scrolling through the application.

Users often rely on Maps in order to quickly find a nearby location to eat at, especially if they’re in an unfamiliar area. However, especially when there’s a relatively larger group of individuals, doubt settles in pretty quickly. Everyone wants to go to different places, try out different items, and it’s a hassle to keep track of everything. Maps’ interface can point out locations of importance pretty clearly, but it’s difficult to remember which ones are potential places of interest if there’s a lot to go through. That’s where the ability to dock comes handy to the Google Play userbase.

The ability to “dock to bottom” essentially allows users to pin places of importance to the bottom of their Google Play application. It’s a feature that desktop users are very familiar with, since docked locations will very closely resemble applications pinned to one’s taskbar (for Windows users), or dock (for macOS users). Overall, it’s a pretty nifty and useful addition to the plethora of different features that Google Maps has, really displaying how well the platform continues to grow and develop.

However, the feature is currently limited to the Google Maps website, in what I believe to be a rather counter intuitive measure. Perhaps the feature is being planned for smartphones, where it would prove most useful, and it’s only currently undergoing a form of beta testing there. Either way, this feature spells out a lot of convenience for users moving onwards, especially if it gets integrated across both iOS and Android devices.

H/T: Ashwin Ramesh / Twitter

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