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Travel App Update: “Cocktail Button” for Google Maps

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image via wired.com

image via wired.com

Are times so difficult that there’s a dire need technology to direct us towards the closest place to get properly sloshed? Or is the adding of a Cocktail Button to Google Maps a sign of forthcoming global merriment? Whatever the case, Google knows the joy it can bring by pointing out the best watering holes, and that’s exactly what the little martini glass icon does:

The cocktail button is but one feature contained within the first update to Google Maps for iOS since the popular app returned to the iPhone in December. To use it, just open Google Maps, tap on the search bar and voilà, there’s a cocktail glass (bars) icon alongside the fork and knife button (nearby restaurants), coffee cup (cafes) and a gas pump (uh, what else?)… Still more buttons for nearby places are hidden behind the three-dot icon Google uses to lead users to deeper selections and settings. Tap the three-dot icon and you’ll pull up options for post offices, hotels, grocery stores, pharmacies, movie theaters, malls, hospitals and more.

Although the cocktail button isn’t a revelation for Android users, it’s more prominent in the new 1.1 update on the iOS version of Google Maps. It comes alongside a new search feature that includes options for finding restaurants, cafes, and gas stations. It’s a nifty convenience seeing as Google Field Trip still isn’t available for the iPhone. Now go use that traveler’s wanderlust to find us the cheapest happy hour in NYC.


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