Google added some new features to Google Maps last month in order to make it easier for users to explore their city. The idea behind these features was to make Maps more assistive in personal to better help users figure out what they want to eat, drink, and do no matter where they are in the world. These features were initially released to a small number of users but Google has now confirmed that they’re available to all users.
The Explore tab in Maps has been redesigned to provide quick recommendations for restaurants, bars, and cafes in any area that the user is interested in. They can get recommendations in their city or anywhere they’re planning a trip. Maps will also feature trending lists from local experts and Google’s algorithms to track the top spots.
Maps will then keep track of users’ progress against any of the restaurants featured in the trending lists. If they want to try the 10 best burgers in their city and have only been to four, Maps will note that down so that they remember to get to the remaining six as well.
Users who have Location History turned on will see a “Your match” rating for each restaurant or bar. It’s a numeric rating which will tell him how likely they are to enjoy a place based on their preferences. Maps can take food and drink preferences into account to surface personalized dining recommendations, this can be done by selecting the types of cuisines and restaurants from the app’s Settings menu. Last but not the least, the new “For you” tab will keep users informed about hot new restaurants and spots.
These features are now live in Google Maps for iOS and Android for users across the globe.