Google Maps 'For You' Section, Augmented Reality Features Announced

Google Maps 'For You' Section, Augmented Reality Features Announced

Google Maps 'For You' Section, Augmented Reality Features Announced

It uses a combination of the camera, Street View and visual location technology to know exactly where you are so that when you hold up your phone, you effectively see your directions floating ahead.

Finally, if you long-press on a location you can quickly share that spot with your friends, and they will be able to rank it and comment on it within the Maps app.

Instead of relying on an unclear blue dot while walking around a cluttered city, Google suggests this camera-fueled augmented reality interface may one day save the day. All the features are set to roll out globally on Android and iOS in the coming months.

If Google's first choice doesn't strike your fancy, there's also a "Trending this week" column which presents other trending restaurants in the area.

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Google Maps is adding a new "For you" section, but more broadly it is making the service more personal with machine learning to serve better recommendations.

"Your Match" is a new fourth tab coming in Google Maps this summer. Virtual cards listing information about businesses and restaurants along your route could pop into view, helping you find places to eat along the way. So going forward, Google Maps will take those reviews and mash them up with what it knows about you to give you a more personalized score based on your context and interests.

It's these match scores that are the most interesting, since it's basically Google's own algorithms telling you how it thinks you'll like a particular place. Google has thought of this and has added in Group Planning tools.

Meanwhile, Google is introducing new features that help users "make better decisions on the go and experience the world in new ways", according to Google's Jen Fitzpatrick. If you've ever wandered around in circles trying to figure out which direction your little blue dot was moving in the Maps app, this is for you. They will also be able to get help with directions from a nifty fox.

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