Google Maps changes include AR directions, more

Cristina Cross
May 9, 2018

During the first day keynote, Aparna Chennapragada spoke about some new features for Google Maps, where she discussed how the requirements that users have for Google Maps has changed, and much more is needed. Since launch, Google has mapped over 220 countries and territories and is helping more than 1 billion Maps users. The idea is to make it easier to decide on places to visit as a group. You'll be able to see dining, event, and activity options in any area that you're looking.

For each place, Google Maps will also be using machine learning to display a "match" number meant to show "how likely you are to enjoy a food or drink spot based on your unique preferences", Lin told Travel + Leisure.

You will also be able to "cut and paste" the text to add to your own documents, just by holding your phone's camera up to the writing.

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.

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"For You" Tab: An all-new tab featuring places you may want to try in areas you regularly frequent. Google has thought of this and has added in Group Planning tools.

In a demo at Google's I/O developer conference today (May 8), Google executives show how a phone's camera can use AR features to augment directions. A user long-presses on any place on Maps to add it to the list, and then they can share it on any platform and let friends add places to the list. Google has also been toying with a new animated "Guide" to help you get you where you're going.

The mission for Google Maps for the past several years has been to help people get around in their environments. A step above GPS, VPS effectively lays Maps' navigation features over what the user sees in the Camera app. 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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