The places you visit are about to get a whole lot more organized. Google is including a new feature in the latest Maps beta called Lists. The feature is pretty self explanatory, but it essentially allows you to organize the places you visit into lists.
Lists will be very helpful for those that use Google Maps a lot, and while it’s only in the beta for now, it will most likely make its way into the consumer version of Maps in the near future.
The feature will appear under the newly added “Your Places” section, which will be a menu item in Maps’ slideout menu. Once you get to the section, you’ll be able to add lists, manage your existing lists, and access navigation to places in your lists.
Of course, Maps will start out with a selection of pre-made lists, such as “Favorites,” “Want to go,” and “Shared places.” When you want to save a new item to the list, simply tap the “Save” button when you’re viewing a new location. When lists are activated, you’ll see a pop-up selection of places to go.
Members of Google’s Local Guides program were recently invited to test out the new feature. However, it may be a few months before the rest of us get to see it. When Google rolled out the feature to beta testers, it said “We’re rolling out lists to Level 4+ Local Guides on Google Maps for Android over the next week – months before we launch to the public.” In other words, if you’re a Local Guide, you should update Maps to the latest beta now. Otherwise, sit tight — it may be a while before you can make lists of your own.