Google Maps Goes Beyond Directions and Gets Personal

Google Maps Goes Beyond Directions and Gets Personal

Google Maps Goes Beyond Directions and Gets Personal

Google at its I/O 2018 conference announced slew of updates and one of the major updates was for its most popular Google Maps app.

Before Android or the iPhone, Google Maps was only available online via your computer. For example, you can know about the coolest café in the neighbourhood or a new restaurant that has opened up in the For You tab.

However, you won't get recommendations based only on new places.

"People had problems finding out what's new", Lin told me. When checking out a specific area, Google Maps can list out the top things to do in that area, such as activities and places to eat. "Match" is continuously evolving and is based on a user's changing habits. The map service will receive augmented reality support, which is a clever combination between the traditional Street View and live images transmitted by a camera.

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Tap and hold on a restaurant listing and it will be added to a shortlist which can be shared with family and friends who can then vote on where they'd like to dine.

A very simple way to analyze all the proposals and reach an agreement with our group of friends, without leaving the application. Today at I/O Google gave us one heck of a compelling look at the future of phone-based pedestrian navigation, showing off the augmented reality-powered Visual Positioning System.

A redesigned Explore tab will be your hub for new and interesting places to explore. You'll be able to "follow" certain neighborhoods and cities (or maybe a place you plan to visit soon), similar to a social networking experience. It uses machine learning to narrow down the list of places suited to your tastes by finding more about the restaurants, checking your food and drinks preferences added on Maps, places you've visited, rated or added to a list.

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