Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

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

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

During the first day keynote, Aparna Chennapragada spoke about some new features for Google Maps, where she discussed how the requirements that users have for Google Maps has changed, and much more is needed.

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

The "For you" tab will make suggestions about places to visit based on information Google has about you, and you can "follow" suggestions to reference them later. Here, users will be shown recommendations of places and businesses in their area, especially those that are brand new or are "trending" based on Google's data.

A new For You tab will allow you to stay on top of the latest happenings in the areas you're into.

Google Maps ratings and the Explore tab have rapidly become one of the best ways to find places to eat and drink, but until today, ratings have been generic. You'll see the reasoning behind each number, based on factors such as what Google knows about the business, your food and drink preferences (which you've previously selected in Maps), the places you've been to, and whether you've rated a restaurant or added it to a list.

Google revealed For You at its I/O 2018 developer conference with an example that showed a recommendation for a new cafe alongside reviews and a news link related to the cafe's opening.

Google is also trying to make group planning easier by letting you pick, say, one of two places and offering it up to a vote. In the new camera interface, users will be able to tell precisely where they are and where they need to go.

Lastly, Google is also adding a few augmented reality (AR) features. Besides directions, the mode also helps identify nearby places, so you have a better feel for the neighborhood.

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. Part of this is simply to avoid your wasting time scrolling through endless four-star listings on other platforms while you look for someplace to go.

Both of these new features will be available on Android and iOS later this year.

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