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12. Dezember 2018

Google Maps Expanding ‚For You‘ Recommendations Tab to iOS in Over 40 Countries Today

Google today announced that its Google Maps app for iOS will be updated today with a new „For You“ tab in over 40 countries.

„For You“ was first announced at Google I/O in May and was initially limited to Android. The feature is designed to „tell you what you need to know about the neighborhoods you care about,“ such as new restaurants opening nearby, trending spots, and more, based on places you’ve rated and places you’ve visited.

The tab is accompanied by a new „Match Score“ that predicts which restaurants you’re most likely to prefer based on your personal preferences, which is designed to help [...]

 
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29. November 2018

Apple Maps Now Provides Transit Directions Across Belgium

Following yesterday’s Apple Pay launch in Belgium, Apple today updated its Maps app to include transit information across the country.

Apple has yet to update its official list of locations for which Maps offers Transit data, but several tipsters contacted MacRumors to confirm the information is already live.

The coverage includes train, tram, and bus routes in the main cities as well as other funicular connections around the country. Belgian connections to nearby connections abroad also feature in Apple’s coverage.

Google Maps has supported transit directions for several years now, but Apple Maps has been adding transit data since 2015 and [...]

 
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20. November 2018

Apple Maps Collecting Pedestrian Data Starting in California, Likely to Improve Walking Directions

Last month, a person wearing an Apple Maps backpack with LiDAR equipment was spotted at the intersection of Stockton and Sutter streets in San Francisco, suggesting Apple now has employees collecting street-level data on foot.

Apple Maps employee with a LiDAR-equipped backpack via Dante Cesa Apple has since confirmed that its Maps team will be collecting pedestrian data in California over the next month, starting with the counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara, the last of which includes the likes of San Jose and Apple’s hometown of Cupertino.

The pedestrian-based street-level data will likely be used to [...]

 
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16. November 2018

Google Maps Gains Messaging Feature for Users to Chat With Local Businesses

A new feature rolling out for Google Maps will allow iOS and Android users to message local businesses with their queries without having to leave the GPS-based navigation app.

The feature is an extension of Google’s real-time business-to-customer messaging service that the company introduced in select countries last year.

Businesses that signed up to the service include a Message button on their Business Profiles on Google Search allowing people to get in touch, and those same messages are set to appear in the side menu of Google Maps. This from the Google blog:

Sending messages to businesses gives you the opportunity to ask questions without [...]

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