August 17, 2018

Explore and eat your way around town with Google Maps

09 May 2018, 05:33 | Megan Pierce

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Google has also admitted that it is thinking of inserting animated characters to the new feature like a fox to make it more entertaining, according to Apple Insider.

A new tab called "For You" will be added to Google Maps, giving users custom tailored suggestions for places specified by the users, such as local neighbourhoods or frequently visited locations.

The mission for Google Maps for the past several years has been to help people get around in their environments.

There are also algorithmically designed "Foodie List" and "Trending this week" lists that show you what's new and interesting and where the trendmakers in an area are hanging out. Among the key features will be a personalized score indicating how much Google thinks you'll enjoy a restaurant or bar (at least on the surface, comparable to Netflix's percentage telling you how much you might like a movie).

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Back to Google Maps and a new "For You" tab will attune business selections based on your interests. All of the invitees can then determine which place you want to hang out in, Google Maps will make the reservation for you, and it can even schedule rides to and from the restaurant. Similarly, the "Trending" list looks at the overall population, so that list can change based on season, with an ice cream parlor trending in the summer, for example.

Group planning of a meal or activity will get easier because you'll be able to long press on the places you're interested in to add them to a shortlist that you can share with your friends or family. Interestingly, Google does not try to base these scores on how other people like you have rated a place.

Subscriptions to premium news outlets can now easily be done through Google News, without the need of manually putting in credit card and other information by the end-user, if so desired. We'll find out for sure when both of the new features roll out globally to Android (and iOS) devices, which Google says will happen in the coming months.

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