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11:07  11 may  2018
11:07  11 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Google Maps offers new location-based features to app devs

  Google Maps offers new location-based features to app devs Updates tailored to help ride-sharing companies and other businesses track vehicles in real time.The web giant on Wednesday introduced the Google Maps Platform, a collection of streamlined APIs designed to help third-party developers incorporate location-based features into their apps. The first companies to benefit from the updates will be ride-sharing companies and businesses that need to track their vehicles' locations in real time.

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Google just updated its Maps app for iPhones and iPads. Version 3.2 adds a number of new features that Yelp users are already familiar with, but brings them to Google 's popular navigation and discovery platform. Get the latest Google stock price here.

a screenshot of a cell phone© Provided by The Next Web Google announced this week it’s overhauling Maps with multiple new features intended to turn the app into a one-stop shop for planning a night out. In borrowing features from apps like Yelp or Foursquare, Maps shows the potential to surpass both of them.

For starters, Google is redoing the Explore tab. Currently, it’ll show you a listing of local businesses and some restaurant ideas based on the time of day. With this update you’ll see a list of trending topics related to the area you’re in, including a top ten list of restaurants. Again, Yelp and Foursquare … all the features look very familiar so far.

Google Pay makes its way to the web

  Google Pay makes its way to the web Google Pay is no longer confined to smartphones. As promised, Google is rolling out its rebranded shopping experience available on the web for both PC and iOS device users. As on your phone, this is as much about cementing Google's presence in e-commerce as it is ordering . It's partly an answer to Apple Pay, which has been available on the web since 2016. This puts Google's foot in the door when dealing with newcomers, and gives existing fans a reason to stay inside the ecosystem.

Apple has significantly improved its Maps software since its rocky initial launch, though it might be a while until it ’ s able to dethrone Google Maps . Even so, the iPhone maker is continuously updating Apple Maps

Basically, when you use one of these apps, and switch to map view, you only see the Its latest update to the Google Maps app prompts users to upload images of food after detecting a photograph taken within a restaurant location, and will help it compete with popular ratings app Yelp .

One new feature which sets Maps apart from the likes of Yelp is matching. Using data on where you’ve gone in the past, your Google reviews, and all of the info Google has about a location, Maps will give you a match percentage. It amounts to a guess as to how likely you are to enjoy a restaurant — sort of like OkCupid, only it’s matchmaking your stomach.

Finally, Google’s putting in new options for group planning. If you and a bunch of friends want to go out, but aren’t sure where, you can put together a short list in Maps. The list is shareable, meaning the other group members can contribute to it, and everyone can vote on the place they’d most like to go.

If nothing else, it democratizes the question, “I don’t know — where do you wanna eat?”

Any one of those features would be enough to raise Google Maps’ profile to the level of other dining apps. Taken together, they elevate Maps to something more than any app I’ve yet found.

Google adds more Assistant features to Wear OS

  Google adds more Assistant features to Wear OS You'll be able to control connected devices, use conversation suggestions and get audio feedback.© Google You can already tell Google Assistant to control your smart home devices like, say, setting the temperature of your LG fridge. Now this feature is coming to your Wear OS device, too, which means you'll get to talk to you wrist to set your thermostat or turn on the Hue lights in your bedroom.

Years later , Apple Maps has improved by leaps and bounds. While I still prefer Google Maps for driving, I think that public transit and walking directions on Apple Maps are far more intuitive and helpful than Google ’s.

Google Maps ' latest algorithmic update makes the service more accurate than ever. Google published a research blog this week that details the company's plans to automatically update Maps with information gathered from its Street View system.

If you’re already using Google Maps to navigate to restaurants or activities you’ve found via other apps, then this cuts out the middle man. It remains to be seen if it has the same community engagement that drives the feedback on Yelp, or the ubiquity of Foursquare.

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