Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
IT | By Laverne Higgins

Google Lens Now Works In Real Time, Gets New Features - Google I/O

Google Lens Now Works In Real Time, Gets New Features - Google I/O

A user can open Camera with Google Maps navigation to launch what Google calls VPS (Visual Positioning System). The For You tab is created to surface information about new places that open up, or a "surprise pop-up from your favourite chef" and more using information from local experts, Google's algorithms, and trusted publishers.

Instead of relying on an unclear blue dot while walking around a cluttered city, Google suggests this camera-fueled augmented reality interface may one day save the day.

You can also better plan group activities within maps with the new Shortlist function.

Google Maps will also have a couple of other useful tools. "The benefit of getting a match is that it helps you identify which restaurants you might like based on your unique interests and preferences, so you can spend less time planning and more time having fun".

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Other features help users better coordinate with friends.

At the Google I/O developer conference on Tuesday, Google unveiled a number of updates to Google Maps, offering a richer and more personal experience for users. Selecting a restaurant, meanwhile, will provide you with a "match", a score-out-of-one-hundred that tells you how likely you are to enjoy it. You can share a place or business with friends, and everyone you share it with can vote on whether to go there or not, all through Google Maps.

The new features will be rolling out to both Android and iOS users in the near future, alongside a feature that'll punch you in the face if you even think about loading Yelp.

Cleverly, the phone knows exactly which way you are facing by visually scanning your surroundings and matching many points of reference with those stored in its database. But now you will see new trending lists, which includes things like the Foodie List, a compilation of locations that have been rated well by local experts and trusted publishers. And if you want your score to improve, you'll need to train the system by rating more places and adding them to your lists.

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