Google Maps is getting a massive update on Android and iOS

Google Maps is getting a massive update on Android and iOS
As we told you earlier today, a new version of Google Maps is rolling out to Android and iOS devices, but now we have more details on what's included in the updated app and a confirmation from Google that everyone will get it in the coming days.

Seven new features have been highlighted by Google as very important for the latest version of Maps. The redesigned Explore tab is now able to give Google Maps users recommendations for restaurants, bars, and cafes in an area they want.

Another important addition to the app is the new trending lists from local experts and Google's algorithms, which will allow Maps users to make the best choice when it comes to finding the best food for their tastes.

Android users are getting an improvement that enables them to keep track of their progress against any of the restaurants featured in the trending list. 

Also, the new Explorer tab on Android devices now surfaces the top events and activities happening in a user's area. The tab will now show photos and descriptions of these activities and will allow users to filter them by categories.

For those who keep the Location History enabled, each restaurant or bar will now feature “Your match,” a rating that should offer users an idea of how likely is that they will enjoy that place.

The sixth new feature included in the update should make it easier for the app to recommend you places to eat. Basically, the more you tell Google Maps what food and drinks you like, the better the recommendations you'll get.

Finally, the new “For you” tab is meant to keep you informed about what's happening in your neighborhood. So, whether it's a new restaurant or a hot cafe, you should find all the details about them on this tab. Unfortunately, this specific new feature is available only on Android in the United States, U.K., Canada, Australia, and Japan.

According to Google, the new Maps app is now available for download via App Store and Play Store, but some of the new features may not be available right away.

source: Google



1. Xtraflossy

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 13, 2018

It just got harder to starve in a place you don't know. Go Google!

2. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Good way to track people even though Google says they don't.

3. Subie

Posts: 2446; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

If you don't like being tracked with your phone, then I'm afraid this is your only solution.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL, exactly lol

7. Malaperdas

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

Hardly. I'm using a modded version of Google maps v.9.42 that doesn't track jack $hit. Google Play Services (among hundreds other things) are frozen, yet all the functionality is there. Also the traffic of many servers like$hit is regulated. And I'm not talking about just Google Maps. You can have an android phone that is more than fairly private and doesn't leak any data.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Then you better do without any phone. Google maps keeps getting better and better.

8. Malaperdas

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

I agree. Yet is the tip of the iceberg.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Maps with yellow pages functionality and recommendations, neat.

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