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Google Maps is going to help you stop looking like a lost tourist

Plus a new Google Maps social feature, just because.

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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. Coming soon to the popular tool is an augmented reality (AR) Street View mode, personalized recommendations, and more.

The new AR feature uses Google’s current Street View and Maps data to give you a live feed from your phone’s camera to overlay walking directions on top of the real world. In doing so, it helps you figure out which way you should go. Besides directions, the mode also helps identify nearby places, so you have a better feel for the neighborhood.

Google Maps, like Google News, is also gaining a new “For You” feature where you’ll find recommendations based on your past travel. Recommendations are scored using a “match number” system based on your likes and reviews.

Finally, Google Maps is gaining new social features, including the ability for multiple users to vote on where to go for dinner. You receive directions for the location with the most votes.

The new features will debut across multiple platforms through the year.

For more recent Google News, read about the latest Wear OS updates, how Google Assistant is slowly taking over the world, and how Amazon Alexa should be more like Google Assistant.

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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