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Google Maps uses AI to highlight most popular restaurant meals

Google Maps uses AI to highlight most popular restaurant meals

Weeks after the category first started appearing for some users, Google has officially unveiled a new Google Maps feature: popular dishes. The app now shows a restaurant's most popular menu items, making it easier for prospective customers to get an idea of what the location offers. The feature is powered by machine learning and involves existing user reviews.

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Google Search, Maps, and Assistant now all help you find food delivery

Google Search, Maps, and Assistant now all help you find food delivery

Finding something to eat is difficult enough without having to browse through the various services that would like to deliver it to you. There are a lot of them these days too, so Google is trying to streamline the food delivery process by surfacing new features in Search, Maps, and Assistant when you look for food, hopefully decreasing the time between that initial search and when it shows up at your door.

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Google Pay and Assistant team up to calm your commute

Google Pay and Assistant team up to calm your commute

It was more than a year ago that Google started rolling support for transit tickets into Google Wallet, and now it's looking to further simplify the process of riding public transit. Today, Google announced a new "pay-per-ride" feature for Google Pay, meaning you can use your phone to pay for single-ride tickets instead of buying multi-ride passes ahead of time. Going hand-in-hand with this update to Google Pay are a new transit-related features for both Google Maps and Google Assistant.

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I/O 2019 Takeaways: Google is no longer after your data (sort of)

I/O 2019 Takeaways: Google is no longer after your data (sort of)

Facebook, and more recently Amazon, may be at the center of most privacy-related reports these days but there was a time not too long ago when it was Google who was always on the hot seat. Reports, regulations, and sanctions have made Google change much of its processes, at least the public ones, and is slowly turning its image around. At I/O 2019, the pervading theme, more than AI and technology, is privacy. It's not that Google is no longer interested in your data. It's just making it a lot easier for users to opt out. If they remember or know how to, that is.

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Google Maps incognito mode, search auto-delete, more privacy at Google

Google Maps incognito mode, search auto-delete, more privacy at Google

While most us probably aren't following Google's IO 2019 keynote for new developments on data privacy and security, that topic actually turned into a big segment of the show. Google announced a number of new initiatives today that aim to not only give users more control over how their data is stored, but also to make them more secure across the internet. Those initiatives begin with auto-delete for web and app activity.

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Google Maps tempts your tastebuds by adding menu pictures

Google Maps tempts your tastebuds by adding menu pictures

It may not be long before Google Maps starts looking a little more like Yelp. Apparently, Google has started publishing menus for certain restaurants alongside images of food that users post in their reviews. This, of course, allows other users to get a look at the fare on offer as they decide where they'd like to eat.

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Google Maps EV charger locations add the one big detail drivers needed

Google Maps EV charger locations add the one big detail drivers needed

Google Maps is adding real-time electric car charger status, showing not only where EVs could be plugged in, but whether drivers are likely to find a spare plug when they get there. Google added EV charger location support to Google Maps back in October last year, another layer of points-of-interest for modern drivers.

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Google Maps could start showing ads and its bound to get messy

Google Maps could start showing ads and its bound to get messy

"Google" is now also a verb because of how search has become so ingrained in our modern lives. There is, however, one other Google product that has subtly cemented its role in our lives. Google Maps has changed the way we travel and navigate partly because it made what was once a paid subscription feature available for all and for free. The latter isn't going to change but Google may soon be looking for ways to profit from its lead by, what else, placing ads in Google Maps.

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Google Maps rolling out Waze-like slowdown reports feature

Google Maps rolling out Waze-like slowdown reports feature

Google is bringing another useful Waze feature to its Maps product: slowdown warnings. This feature is different than the existing color-coded congestion warnings, which take some time to appear and alert users to traffic jams using yellow, orange, and red color codes. This new feature is arguably better, as it enables drivers to report slowdowns directly.

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Google Maps Snake game puts a twists on ride-sharing

Google Maps Snake game puts a twists on ride-sharing

For some people, ride-sharing services have completely changed the way they travel and live. Not everyone, however, will be able to get the experience of driving a vehicle, much less a train, to pick up random strangers for fun and profit. Google is all about making dreams come and starting today, not only will you be able to pick up passengers in locations you've never been to, you'll also be able to eat them up to increase your passenger-gobbling capacity.

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Google Maps public events can now be added by Android users

Google Maps public events can now be added by Android users

Google Maps is one of those little things that have changed the world forever. It has taken navigation that was previously only available via subscription to professional services and made it accessible to all. Part of its success, however, was how it practically crowdsourced gather data that would have statically been impossible for Google to do on its own. In line with that, it seems that Google is adding yet another crowdsourcing feature that would allow almost anyone to add an event for everyone else to see.

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Google Maps AR navigation Alpha released: Guides first, iOS, Android

Google Maps AR navigation Alpha released: Guides first, iOS, Android

Today we've got a bit of a demo of Google Maps AR through a friend of ours who happens to be a Google Maps Local Guides level 5+ user. That's the level at which Google Maps now allows the augmented reality version of their live navigation right this minute. This augmented reality system was re-revealed early last month (after its first reveal at Google I/O last year) as a "new"* way to explore local areas with Google Maps, and it'll eventually be free to use by all Google Maps app users.

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