Google Just Fixed the Biggest Maps Problem with This Brilliant Idea

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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.

Google has announced the new features that are coming to its Maps app this year.

Innovations in camera technology will now allow problems such as helping people travel, for example when your phone says head south, now through the use of the camera, an arrow will be placed on top of the video feed, telling you where to head, without having to guess where south actually is. Assistant will also be able to build upon all of its new features within Maps as well. The three pillars of the new Google News will focus on giving users easy access in keeping up with the news they care about, understand the full story and enjoying the content, all through the use of smart, machine-learning, with little to no need of users to manually search for things they want to consume or learn about. 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. In addition, recommendations are now being personalized based on your past likes and recommendations, making a Netflix-esque taste system for real-world stuff. A "Your Match" score will differentiate from the typical star ratings based on said interests.

To solve another pain point of choosing a place to eat with friends, Google has created a feature that enables users to create a shared short list of options. The "Explore" tab will also now show "everything new and interesting nearby".

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Recommendations for top trending activities, which are centralized around the area you're now looking at in Maps.

Lastly, Google is also adding a few augmented reality (AR) features.

Finally, Google is also launching new tools to help you get around in Navigation.

All these changes should be coming this summer.