Google Just Fixed the Biggest Maps Problem with This Brilliant Idea

09 May, 2018, 01:18 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • Google I/O Update: Google Maps 'For You' Section, Augmented Reality Features Announced

Through the power of AI, google will suss out the best of the best and give users the most meaningful and most full perspective through a newly revamped Google News feature.

Google Maps will also have a couple of other useful tools.

The idea, according to Google Maps Senior Product Manager Sophia Lin, is that "in addition to helping you get where you need to go, we'll help you discover new places to eat and things to do around you". The score, out of 100, shows why a place is recommended and how likely you are to enjoy it.

Google Maps wasn't forgotten at the search giant's big developer conference this year.

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A new For You tab will allow you to stay on top of the latest happenings in the areas you're into. This will be based on factors including places you have visited before, preferences you have shared with Maps, information about the business, and previous personal user ratings. They will also be able to get help with directions from a nifty fox. If you're trying to follow a set of directions, you can now hold your phone up, and Google Maps will match the view from your camera to the saved Street View imagery of the world.

Instead of a top-down map, users will be able to see the street in front of them through the camera, with an AR overlay arrow pointing the direction and distance. Once finalised, Google Maps already has functionality to let you make a reservation as well as book a cab ride to the venue.

There will be lists, like the Foodie List, that pull together data from trusted publishers, local experts, other users and Google's algorithms. With the upcoming update, you can create a shortlist of places within the app and share it with friends across any platform, so you can quickly vote and decide on a place to go. The company also did not divulge if all new features are coming to both Android and iOS, but it's safe to assume that they are heading to the app for iPhones and iPads due to the advanced augmented reality technologies of Apple's devices.

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