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Google Maps to get updated with new Assistant, AR, and recommendation features

Google Maps to get updated with new Assistant, AR, and recommendation features

The new Augmented Reality Maps experience would analyze the user's surroundings and determine their position in order to provide accurate and clear directions to help them get to their destination. Here, users will be shown recommendations of places and businesses in their area, especially those that are brand new or are "trending" based on Google's data.

With a revamped Explore tab, users can view every place of interest nearby their location. Now, with "your match", Maps will present you with a personalized score that tells you how closely a restaurant matches your own preferences.

To solve another pain point of choosing a place to eat with friends, Google has created a feature that enables users to create a shared short list of options.

The "For You" section is accompanied by a new "Match Score" feature that custom-tailor restaurant recommendations based on users' personal preferences. It looks a heck of a lot like what Google Glass wanted to be but on your phone. Maps will generate lists of Michelin-starred restaurants, for example, or popular brunch spots depending on your context and the time of day. If you're trying to follow a set of directions, you can now hold your phone up, and Google Maps will match the view from your camera to the saved Street View imagery of the world.

Google Maps will also have a couple of other useful tools. Based on the demo I saw, the team actually did a really nice job with this.

These features will start arriving on iOS and Android later this summer.

Google Maps to act more like a tour guide. You can long press a result on a search query to save it in a Shortlist and then share that list with your friends.

Google Maps will be able to update faster and more accurately, thanks to having access directly from satellite feeds and camera archives, allowing more rural places and places that have changing infrastructure to be updated faster.

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