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

Google I/O Update: Google Maps 'For You' Section, Augmented Reality Features Announced

Google announced many new software treats at Google I/O today. This results to the addition of an AR overlay with specific directions on the Street View of the map. The service is due to receive some new features of its own this year.

The "For You" section is accompanied by a new "Match Score" feature that custom-tailor restaurant recommendations based on users' personal preferences. Google Maps has a solution for you.

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.

The redesigned Explore tab will be your hub for everything new and interesting nearby. You will soon find a new tab in Google Maps called "For You" that is created to tell you what you need to know about the places you care about. In the I/O demo, it was a cartoon fox bounding in front of you to show you the right direction, but honestly, this seems like a potential reincarnation of Clippy, the much loathed assistant that's thankfully been purged from Microsoft's Office apps. This should aid in confidently choosing your next dining spot, for example.

"You can also tell us about your food and drink preferences", she said, "so we'll know if you enjoy certain types of cuisines or restaurant types, like family friendly spots or places with live music". Interestingly, Google does not try to base these scores on how other people like you have rated a place.

The other new feature is all about matches. You can share a place or business with friends, and everyone you share it with can vote on whether to go there or not, all through Google Maps.

The camera-powered Google Maps can also act as a helpful search engine.

Google will launch this new Google Maps experience later this summer. 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. They will likely come with a new app update along with many background changes.

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