Google Maps to get updated with new Assistant, AR, and recommendation features

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Google is not forgetting Google Maps, one of its most popular apps and services, as it uncovers a few new brand new features.

Google Maps will also have a couple of other useful tools.

In order to make this possible, GPS alone lacks the precision needed, so Google have been working on implementing a new system, referred to as VPS, or the Visual Positioning System. You'll be able to see dining, event, and activity options in any area that you're looking. This number is meant to represent how well you might like a place based on a variety of information gathered by Google, including what you've rated and visited in the past, your drink and food preferences, and other variables.

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Google did not give a timescale on when Google Maps might get this feature, nor whether it will be an Android exclusive, but we're hoping it might be added to Android P. 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. The Google Maps team have even been experimenting with an animated guide character that you can follow, such as the animated fox shown briefly in the demo. You can share a place or business with friends, and everyone you share it with can vote on whether to go there or not, all through Google Maps. Besides directions, the mode also helps identify nearby places, so you have a better feel for the neighborhood. A user can see the names of places around them, as well as street names and directions, right in front of them. Street View can label things in the real world using your camera, and show you an overlay to let you know which way to go.

Google used its Tuesday I/O keynote to unveil a pretty killer new feature that may one day come to Google Maps: camera-assisted walking navigation. Well, based on your Maps data, Google can determine this, then provide a matched location along with a probability that you'll enjoy it.

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