With Maps for Android you can now label your home, and other areas of interest like your local gym and favorite places to eat, with super cute stickers.
According to a company blog post, neat-looking doodles, of which there are 24 to choose from, range from castles and barns to igloos and treehouses. Once you pick one, it will show up on the map at whatever addresses you've saved in your app.
The optional sticky label replaces the outdated stars from the previous variants of the app. Now it will be much easier to plan a route through the city on your way home from work or during a week-end window-shopping session. Saving your work and home addresses in Google Maps is quick and easy by signing into your Google account. Labeling is available via the Your Places tab, where you can either search for or directly input the address.
And Google has good reason for wanting users to log in with Google Maps: the company can provide ever-smarter algorithmic suggestions and features so long as users are willing to let its apps learn and study your behavior. Like with Google's Driving Mode, which will let you tap a single button to get ETAs and traffic conditions to preset locations like home and work.
Folks with iOS devices will have to wait for for stickers a while longer - they're only available for Android users at the moment.