Google's More Personalized Maps Now Rolling Out
Google is now pushing an update to Google Maps that introduces its Google Assistant-powered recommendations. The updated version of Maps, announced last month, is more accurate and helpful. A new tab called For You provides information about local neighborhoods. It offers suggestions for activities, tools for finding restaurants, and other recommendations through a new feature called Your Match. A third tool helps people plan group outings. A long press on place cards saves them to a shareable message thread where people can view places and vote on where to go. The new Maps has a new focus on small businesses and helps people keep tabs on what their local stores are doing, what their hours are, and when sales are available. Maps adds a computer vision (visual positioning system, or VPS) feature that uses the camera to help pinpoint location on a map with proper orientation based on the photo. Last, Maps taps into the power of Google Lens to provide information cards based what the camera sees. The new Google Maps is reaching Android devices now.
May 8, 2018
Google today said it is adding Google Assistant to Google Maps in order to make it more accurate and helpful. A new tab called For You provides information about the neighborhoods people live in or care about.
Feb 6, 2020
Google has updated its Maps app for iOS and Android with a new tab bar. The standard default view is now the "Explore" tab.
Mar 25, 2020
Google has redesigned its Podcasts app, and made a version available in Apple's App Store for iPhone users. Google Podcasts now stays fully synced between all platforms, including Android, web, and iOS, so you can pause a podcast on your phone and automatically pick up where you left off on the web.
Nov 14, 2018
Google is adding a wide range of features to its AI-powered Google Assistant that focus on improving the experience at home. First, family members will be able to respond to broadcasts.