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Settling on a place to eat together is harder than it looks.
Settling on a place to eat together is harder than it looks.

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Group dinners can be a drag. Not because your friends and family are terrible, but because deciding on a place to go can be such a struggle.

But in Google’s latest move that encroaches on Yelp, Google Maps will now let you decide where to eat out with a shareable list of restaurants, bars, or clubs to choose from — whether it’s a birthday dinner or ladies night out.

Starting Wednesday, Google Maps will let users add restaurant options to a list that can be shared via any messaging platform. Others in the group message can add or remove ideas and vote on favorite places in the list — all within Google Maps on Android or iOS. 

The new feature is available in the latest app update. Once the newest version of Google Maps is downloaded, long-pressing any place in the app will add that place to a shareable list.

Here’s what the in-app list looks like. Notice that it includes “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” icons so that you friends can vote on each proposed dining option.

Planning a group event can happen within the Google Maps app.

So that settles it. Finally, we can make plans with our friends without having to hear about how we picked the place that none of them like. Now if Google Maps could only help split the bill between 11 different people.

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