Google Maps is getting an replace as we speak that’ll make it simpler to search out suggestions for eating places and different locations to go to. On iOS and Android, you’ll now see a redesigned model of the Discover tab that seems on the backside of the app whenever you open it up. The brand new display begins off with massive buttons that allow you to dive into classes you would possibly wish to know extra about — espresso outlets, sports activities bars, reside music venues — and continues with lists of common eating places, upcoming occasions, and common actions, like visiting a museum.
The replace additionally provides a For You tab, which appears a bit like a information feed about native eating places. The updates Google is displaying me for Brooklyn and Manhattan embody lists and articles from Eater (which is a part of the identical community as The Verge), Grub Avenue, and Time Out, amongst others.
The app charges how a lot it thinks you’ll like a restaurant
What looks as if it may very well be extra helpful, if it really works, is that Google will now price eating places primarily based on how a lot it thinks you’ll like them. While you faucet on a location, it’ll now say how shut of a match you’re and will provide you with some context in case you faucet in to see extra. Since most individuals don’t price eating places on Google Maps (I by no means have), it has to study primarily based on what forms of eating places you go to.
The match characteristic appears to be spot on in some cases (it rated my favourite pizza locations as 99 p.c and 100 p.c matches), however it’s additionally saying a diner that I don’t actually get pleasure from visiting is an 86 p.c match, as a result of Google thinks it’s just like a Cajun restaurant (not even remotely appropriate) that I do like. Rankings aren’t showing for all eating places both; I’m undecided if that’s simply because the characteristic is new, or if some eating places simply don’t have sufficient out there knowledge.
At launch, a few of the options are going to be a bit completely different between iOS and Android. The really helpful occasions and actions, as an example, aren’t current on iOS. The app’s For You part can also be restricted to sure international locations — the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Japan — for now.
Google has much more within the works for Maps, together with augmented actuality instructions and a few social options for deciding on eating places with pals. The app has at all times been helpful for locating close by eating places, however not essentially for selecting between them and actually getting a way for the choices. With as we speak’s replace, it looks as if Google is shifting nearer in that course and constructing the service out as a competitor to Yelp.