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

09 May 2018

With the new features, Maps is expected to become more helpful and personal as the service will now offer more customised suggestions and recommendations for users based on the location. This is done with the help of machine learning which is based on factors such as what Google knows about a business, food/beverage preferences selected in Google Maps, places a user has been to, and whether they've rated a restaurant or added to a list.

The mission for Google Maps for the past several years has been to help people get around in their environments.

Google Maps received quite a bit of love at this year's Google I/O, with numerous new features announced said to come a little later this year.

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Tap and hold on a restaurant listing and it will be added to a shortlist which can be shared with family and friends who can then vote on where they'd like to dine.

The idea, according to Google Maps Senior Product Manager Sophia Lin, is that "in addition to helping you get where you need to go, we'll help you discover new places to eat and things to do around you".

Google Maps is adding a "For you" section as well. 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.

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Today, Google announced a big update for Google Maps that is scheduled to come later this summer. The company also did not divulge if all new features are coming to both Android and iOS, but it's safe to assume that they are heading to the app for iPhones and iPads due to the advanced augmented reality technologies of Apple's devices.

Be on the lookout for these changes in the coming months. It looks a heck of a lot like what Google Glass wanted to be but on your phone.

The redesigned Explore tab will show you everything that's new and interesting nearby.

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