Google gave its Maps app a big redesign today at I/O 2018 and introduced a suite of new features that will roll out to both iOS and Android users this summer.
For starters, there’s a new Explore tab that will recommend places to eat or have fun at around an area you search for in the app. Google is also making recommending places that fit your tastes better thanks to “matches” that give a food or drink venue a number rating based on what Maps has learned about you such as your likes and dislikes. For example, if you tell the app you don’t like Italian food, the app will likely give local Italian restaurants a low number rating.
Mind you, this number rating will take time to become more accurate so you want to check in with the app consistently when you go out.
There’s also a new For You tab in the app that Google describes in further detail below.
The new “For you” tab is the best way to stay on top of the latest and greatest happening in the areas you’re into. You can choose to follow neighborhoods and dining spots you want to try so you’ll always have an idea for your next outing. Information about that new sandwich spot downtown, the surprise pop-up from your favorite chef, or that new bakery shaking up the pastry scene in Paris will now come straight to you.
Finally, the new version of Google Maps will make it easier to make plans with friends to go out.
While on stage at I/O, Google also debuted a new navigation system that uses Street View and AR to guide you to your destination. It looks a heck of a lot like what Google Glass wanted to be but on your phone. Unfortunately, we don’t have any sort of timeline or simple confirmation that the feature will be making its way to phones in the future, but here’s to it reaching consumers soon.