09 May, 2018
At the Google I/O developer conference on Tuesday, Google unveiled a number of updates to Google Maps, offering a richer and more personal experience for users. This is done with the help of machine learning which is based on factors such as what Google knows about a business, food/beverage preferences selected in Google Maps, places a user has been to, and whether they've rated a restaurant or added to a list. Google also demonstrated how its assistant (the voice-activated service available on Google Home and mobile devices) can make phone calls on your behalf.
Google Maps, like Google News, is also gaining a new "For You" feature where you'll find recommendations based on your past travel.More news: New York Mets SP Jacob deGrom exits Braves start with hyperextended elbow
Google is also embedding the Maps with a new "Group Planning" feature that will allow a user to create short links that can be shared which will make it easier to coordinate plans with friends. When checking out a specific area, Google Maps can list out the top things to do in that area, such as activities and places to eat. The feature was ultimately made so that users can make "better decision on the go and experience the world in new ways". Google wants to eliminate the endless list of restaurant recommendations with a smart list of suggestions that are tailored to you. "Match" is continuously evolving and is based on a user's changing habits. When you check out a particular area on the map, you'll see dining, event, and activity options based on the area you're looking at. This results to the addition of an AR overlay with specific directions on the Street View of the map. With Google Maps, you won't miss a thing. All these features will be rolling out to Google Maps on both iOS and Android in the next couple of weeks. 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.