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

Sheri Evans
May 10, 2018

- New feature that makes group planning easier: Long press on the place you are interested in and Google Maps will now allow you to add it to a list which can be shared with your friends and family. What caught the attention was the Google Maps update that contained personalized recommendations and augmented reality support.

Google Maps adds a Pokémon Go-like character as your navigation guide. These trending lists are based on Google's own algorithms, local experts, and also from various trusted publishers.

Google Maps knows a lot about these places.

The major addition that Google has made to the Maps is the "Augmented reality" directions. This means that you may also have to give access to your phone's camera along with your location to access Google Maps in your phone in near future. This tab will show you the places that are trending in your area.

We discussed the most important things that Google did not mention during its I/O 2018 keynote, on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Already one of the most popular tools on anyone's smartphone, the navigation app has successfully mapped 220 countries, and helped 1 billion users find their way around.

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It is also being reported that Google Maps will also use the machine learning and data to automatically match the user with new places and venues around the town.

Google also announced adding new features to Google Lens. Google will also help users keep track of their progress so that users can cross off locations on their lists if they're looking to completely explore an area.

Google will start this brand new Google Maps experience after this summer.

During their keynote today, the company emphasized AI and intelligent features, which are coming very quickly to Google Maps and a number of other products. For the time being, each these new features will only arrive at the program, not the internet.

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