Google Just Fixed the Biggest Maps Problem with This Brilliant Idea

09 May, 2018, 01:13 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. | The Latest: Google adding augmented reality feature to Maps

It will also give you a sense of how close a match something is with what's called "Your Match", a score that measures how close a match of a business or place is. At Google I/O, they've outlined the next new features for Google Maps making them smarter and more detailed.

This feature is expected to roll out "in the next few weeks".

If that wasn't enough, a new "For You" tab will let you know about all of the exciting culinary adventures taking place in your 'hood. In the example at I/O, Google showed a high Your Match score for a new Greek restaurant based on the user's interest in healthy food and their previous visits to other restaurants serving up the same type of cuisine.

Google today announced a new feature for its Maps that'll make it much easier to figure out where you're going. So if a certain location is trending, or there is a new shop that has opened, this new section should populate that information for you. The tab will now show activities, restaurants, coffee shops, events, and recommendations from popular lists like Foodie Lists to help you find the best restaurants based on what local guides and experts are saying. Besides directions, the mode also helps identify nearby places, so you have a better feel for the neighborhood.


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. A user can see the names of places around them, as well as street names and directions, right in front of them. A step above GPS, VPS effectively lays Maps' navigation features over what the user sees in the Camera app.

New Google Lens features will be implemented on devices from 11 Android OEMs, including the LG G7 ThinQ, in just weeks.

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.

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