Canadians get new ‘Explore’ feature in Google Maps apps

Google Canada - ExploreGoogle Maps Android and iOS app users will be able to more than just search with Google’s new ‘Explore’ feature that will help Canadians uncover their surroundings with the tap of a button.

According to Google Canada, App users will be able to use Explore to see different places and activities that adapt to each area and moment throughout their day, whether they’re searching for a new lunch spot, travelling to a new country or wondering what time their train is scheduled to arrive.

You can get it going by simply tapping the new Explore button — located at the bottom right corner of the map — to discover nearby hot spots, from a five-minute walk to a 20-minute drive away.

Results are based on more than a text query.

Google says that suggestions in Explore can change based on context, like the time of day and weather. There’s no need to worry about wandering over to a breakfast spot for dinner, or arriving at the park just in time for a thunderstorm! For best results, users should sign into Google Maps with location reporting and history turned on.

Plus, Android device users can tap the My Location button or the blue dot on the map to quickly access more info about their location, such as restaurant reviews and transit schedules, or simply save the place for later. Over time, their location experience will improve as they confirm the places they visit.

You can download the updated Google Maps apps via iTunes or Google Play store.

Source: Google Canada.

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