Google Maps to act more like a tour guide.
"We use machine learning to generate this number, based on a few factors: What we know about a business, the food and drink preferences you've selected in Google Maps, places you've been to, and whether you've rated a restaurant or added it to a list", Google explains in a blog post. The For You tab will help you to stay on top of all the happenings in the area around you, whether you're in your own neighbourhood or travelling. "You can rate places on Google Maps, which helps us determine which restaurants you like so we can improve your match for similar places moving forward". Lastly, users will be able to talk to Google Maps while in navigation mode.
A less helpful feature is a virtual assistant that Google's Maps team is experimenting with. VPS will help Maps to figure out where you are, what direction you're now pointed in and then help you get where you need to go.
Newscast is a new feature for Google News that gives users a unique and custom tailored landing page on their phones or smart device that automatically organizes types of media, such as videos and articles related to the same story, putting it all together in one, cohesive package, with fact-checks, deep analysis to make sure the user gets the best, most accurate source of news on any given topic, all done live, making it easier and safer, to follow breaking stories as they happen.
There's also a new group planning feature that lets you add places to a list that can be shared with other people, who then vote on where the group should go.
Instead of relying on an unclear blue dot while walking around a cluttered city, Google suggests this camera-fueled augmented reality interface may one day save the day. It doesn't matter if a Chinese restaurant has a 4.9-star rating if you only like pizza, and that's the problem that Google is trying to solve with a new "For You" tab.
It uses a combination of the camera, Street View and visual location technology to know exactly where you are so that when you hold up your phone, you effectively see your directions floating ahead.
A shortlist feature aims to make it easier to select places to eat or hang out and have your friends vote on their choice, which will hopefully eliminate a lot of the back-and-forth now going on in your messaging app.