Google IO 2018: Google Maps to become more personal, assistive with recommendations

Posted May 09, 2018

The mission for Google Maps for the past several years has been to help people get around in their environments. For now, we just know that it is coming later this summer. While having a minimal and less intrusive experience, Assistant will allow you to navigate throughout your world verbally. Aparna Chennapragada introduced one of the best new features: visual guidance and Visual Positioning System in Google Maps Navigation. Google Maps will then pop up a chat head-like bubble that follows you around as you browse for other places. Machine learning will be used to calculate the score, based on information about the business, your food and drink preferences, places you've been, and previous ratings you've given. However, Google has not mentioned that when the feature will be available for the users, nor did Google share any information that whether the app might have a virtual guide also.

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. It is created to come up with personalized recommendations to users based on their interests.

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The new features will be rolling out to both Android and iOS users in the near future, alongside a feature that'll punch you in the face if you even think about loading Yelp. For this, Explore tab has been provided to look at the details regarding the place of search in the form of a list based on the most searched or relevant ones.

Wherever you are, Google Maps will show you nearby dining options, events, and activities.

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