At its I/O developer convention final month, Google previewed a serious replace to Google Maps that promised to deliver customized restaurant suggestions and extra to the corporate’s mapping software. As we speak, many of those new options started rolling out to Google Maps customers.
The core Google Maps expertise for getting instructions hasn’t modified, after all, however the app now incorporates a new “Discover” tab that allows you to study extra about what’s taking place round you, in addition to a “For you” tab that gives you with suggestions for eating places, lists of up and coming venues and the flexibility to “observe” neighborhoods and get updates when there are new eating places and cafes that you’d most likely like. The primary distinction between the Discover and For you tabs is that the previous is all about providing you with suggestions for proper now, whereas the latter is extra about planning forward and holding tabs on an space in the long term.
Whereas a lot of the different options are rolling out to all customers worldwide, the brand new For you tab and the content material in it is just out there within the U.S., U.Okay., Canada, Australia and Japan for now. Content material on this tab remains to be a bit restricted, too, however Google guarantees that it’ll ramp up content material over the course of this week.
Each of the brand new tabs characteristic loads of new options. There may be the “foodie checklist,” for instance, which exhibits you the most well liked new eating places in an space. And for those who really feel completist, Google will preserve observe of which considered one of these locations you’ve been to and which of them you continue to have to go to. Like earlier than, the Discover tab additionally options robotically curated lists of fine locations to go for lunch, with youngsters or for a romantic dinner. It’s not nearly meals and occasional (or tea), although; these lists additionally embody different actions, and Google Maps can now additionally spotlight native occasions.
With this launch, Google can also be releasing its new “Your Match” scores, which assigns a numeric ranking to every restaurant or bar, relying in your earlier selections and rankings. The concept right here is that whereas mixture rankings are sometimes helpful, your particular person style usually differs from the plenty. With this new rating, Google tries to account for this. To enhance these suggestions, now you can explicitly inform Maps which cuisines and eating places you want.
It’s value noting that there are nonetheless some options that Google promised at I/O that aren’t a part of this launch. Group planning, for instance, which lets you create a listing of potential meet-up spots and lets your mates vote on them, shouldn’t be a part of this launch.
Should you’d prefer to learn extra about Google’s rationale for a lot of of those modifications, check out our in-depth interview with Sophia Lin, Google’s senior product supervisor on the Google Maps group, from I/O.