Google Revamps Google News Initiative, Newscast and More

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After announcing improvements to Google News and Google Assistant at today's Google I/O keynote, the company turned its attention to Google Maps changes.

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

This feature is expected to roll out "in the next few weeks". Another new upcoming feature will rate a location based on the previous places a user entered into Maps, and give it a score out of 100. "There will also be lists that show top-ranked options; for example, a "Foodie List" will include recommendations for trending restaurants based on local experts, Maps" own algorithms, and Google's trusted publishers.

For each place, Google Maps will also be using machine learning to display a "match" number meant to show "how likely you are to enjoy a food or drink spot based on your unique preferences", Lin told Travel + Leisure.

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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.

The idea, according to Google Maps Senior Product Manager Sophia Lin, is that "in addition to helping you get where you need to go, we'll help you discover new places to eat and things to do around you". Once everyone has helped compile a list of places to visit, the entire group can then vote in real time to find everyones favourite place. A user can see the names of places around them, as well as street names and directions, right in front of them. VPS will help Maps to figure out where you are, what direction you're now pointed in and then help you get where you need to go. Google has also been toying with a new animated "Guide" to help you get you where you're going.

Other Maps features showcased at I/O will be coming to the iOS and Android versions of Maps later this summer.

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