Google Maps has been getting some pretty decent new additions recently, as Google added user edit notifications back at the end of February and although not technically present within the app as a usable feature just yet, Google may be preparing to add the ability for saving routes for offline use in a future update to the application. Although not new, one of Google Maps' useful features is the ability to set markers for your favorite locations, in addition to places like home and work, and as of today, Google has made it possible to customize those markers with the use of a collection of fun stickers.
While the new stickers don't necessarily serve any functional purpose, they do make things a little more fun and they do allow people to customize the look and feel of their saved locations and marked places within Maps, which is essentially the reasoning behind Google's decision to add the option in. Aside from home or work locations, Google reiterates that you can label pretty much any location within Maps that you want, including the gym, your kids' school, your favorite restaurant, the music shop, a bookstore, and so on. Once the places are labeled and saved in the "places" section within Maps, you can pick and choose from the different marker stickers and add it to that location.
From the looks of the image there are about 24 different stickers to select, including stickers that look like regular homes of different styles, but Google has also added in some more unusual stickers to use like a pirate ship, a dragon, a treehouse, a shoe house, a submarine, a tipi, a lighthouse, an igloo, a bus, and even a couch. With all of those to choose from and even a few more, there should be stickers to suit everyone's tastes, and there's no reason Google can't end up adding in more stickers over time, although there is no indication that Google plans to do so. Google doesn't state any sort of time frame for the stickers showing up in the web app or the Android app, so they may or may not show up for users currently.