Google Maps for Android New Update Will Bring Contextual “Explore” Button
This week the Android and iOS versions of Google Maps are bound to get updated with an “Explore” button, that will let the user know what’s happening in his area. That includes activities the user may like to take part in. It’s also a good idea to press this button if you’re just visiting a new town.
You can also change the definition of “nearby”, from 5 to 10 minutes of walking distance or more, or even a 20 minute drive area. The results received when clicking “Explore” also take into account factors like time of day or weather. For example, it won’t recommend jogging during a storm, or a walk in the park at 2 AM. Once the user reaches the destination, Google Maps provides extra info about it.
You just need to click “My Location” when you arrive, in the form of a button on the bottom right of the screen or the blue dot on the map. There you can read reviews of the restaurant you’re visiting or save that location for future visits. Google recommends that you have location reporting and history turned on for this purpose.