Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Google Maps' new 'For you' tab introduces personal recommendations, AR camera features

Google Maps is adding new Explore and For You sections, more Google I/O Update: Google Maps 'For You' Section, Augmented Reality Features Announced
Andrew Wong | 09 May, 2018, 01:15

At Google I/O, they've outlined the next new features for Google Maps making them smarter and more detailed.

Google Maps will also have a couple of other useful tools. It doesn't matter if a Chinese restaurant has a 4.9-star rating if you only like pizza, and that's the problem that Google is trying to solve with a new "For You" tab.

To offer personal recommendations, Google created a "Your Match" score that users machine learning to combine what Google knows about hundreds of millions of places with the information a user has added - such as restaurants a user has rated and cuisines they like. If you're anything like me, you'll punch in a direction on Maps and start walking, only to see the blue dot on your phone's screen is moving in the wrong direction. It uses machine learning to produce the match score in combination with reviews on hundreds of millions of places left by human visitors.

Google Maps is also getting augmented reality support that will mix the traditional Street View interface of the mapping service with a live camera view.

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It will also ship with a remote control, that can interact with older TV's via the built-in IR functionality. It also brought some much-needed improvements in the product such as prolonged battery life and a dark mode.

A new For You tab will allow you to stay on top of the latest happenings in the areas you're into. Instead you'll get curated lists of what's good based on the area or neighborhood you're looking up. Google Maps users will see a number as part of the new "Match" system. This way it would be harder to misinterpret the directions the app is giving users because every turn they make will be guided by AR navigation signs and symbols.

Google outlined other features that could find their way into AR-powered directions. You can share a place or business with friends, and everyone you share it with can vote on whether to go there or not, all through Google Maps.

Google gave its Maps app a big redesign today at I/O 2018 and introduced a suite of new features that will roll out to both iOS and Android users this summer. Street View can label things in the real world using your camera, and show you an overlay to let you know which way to go.

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