Google Maps unveils its first-ever augmented reality interface

May 09, 2018, 01:17
Google Maps unveils its first-ever augmented reality interface

Brief teases of business information attached to anything in your direct view pop up while using this new Google Maps mode.

To help provide for these changing needs, the Google Maps team have worked to integrate Google Maps with the smartphone camera. Perhaps that will lead to your group discovering a new place that you may enjoy together. Here, users will be shown recommendations of places and businesses in their area, especially those that are brand new or are "trending" based on Google's data. 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. Tapping the score brings up a detailed view explaining where the number came from-reasons can include your dining preferences, other places you've visited, and ratings you've given on Maps.

If that wasn't enough, a new "For You" tab will let you know about all of the exciting culinary adventures taking place in your 'hood. They're using two ways to do this, including expanding their VIsual Positioning System (VPS) technology they launched with Project Tango, bringing it to all devices and a new Augmented Reality view using your camera.

Finally, Google is also launching new tools to help you get around in Navigation. If you've ever wandered around in circles trying to figure out which direction your little blue dot was moving in the Maps app, this is for you.

These features will be rolling out worldwide, on Android and iOS, within the coming months.

There's also a new shortlist feature coming to allow users the ability to offer up multiple locations with their friends.

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. Your estimated time of arrival will be taken right from your Maps screen and relayed to the person you are texting with.

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