Once you've reached a decision together, you can use Maps to book a reservation and find a ride to get to the place.
Google wants to make Maps a more personal experience.
This feature is expected to roll out "in the next few weeks". The feature basically predicts the new restaurants that users will likely prefer based on data about the places they've visited before and frequented in the past. If you're anything like me, you'll punch in a direction on Maps and start walking, only to see the blue dot on your phone's screen is moving in the wrong direction.
The mission for Google Maps for the past several years has been to help people get around in their environments. So if you're exhausted of sorting through all those 4-star options, soon you can just go with your machine-based match.
Other features help users better coordinate with friends.
Places will have an automatic "match" score that shows Google's best guess as to how much you'll enjoy them as a percentage. First is "For You", which will automatically show you information about places in the areas that are important to you, things such as new businesses, restaurants that are trending, or recommendations of things to do that match your preferences.
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. They're using two ways to do this, including expanding their VIsual Positioning System (VPS) technology they launched with Project Tango, bringing it to all devices and a new Augmented Reality view using your camera.
Google Maps received quite a bit of love at this year's Google I/O, with numerous new features announced said to come a little later this year. In the new camera interface, users will be able to tell precisely where they are and where they need to go.