Google Maps Now Shows You Restaurants That Will Actually Match Your Tastes

Posted on June 26, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Google with 4 Comments

Google is rolling out a big update to Maps on Android and iOS today. The company is launching a new Your Match feature for Maps in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia, and Japan that will be able to rate restaurants based on your tastes. The feature works by leveraging your location history, looking at what restaurants you have visited in the past, and showing a rating for restaurants or bars you might want to visit. There’s also a new For You tab within the app that will keep you updated with everything happening around you, like when there’s a new bar or cafe that match your tastes, etc.

The Explore page in Google Maps is also being revamped to provide better recommendations. The Explore page lets you stay up to date with everything around you, find things to do around you, discover new activities, restaurants, bars, etc. Google Maps now displays trending lists and featured restaurants around you that can you can visit.

Google Maps’ new updates are important for a couple of reasons: most people aren’t bothered enough to review restaurants, and so being able to get a rating for restaurants based on your previous eating habits is pretty neat. Of course, we don’t know how accurate Google Maps is yet, and some restaurants that have a high Your Match rating might not even be popular for the dish you actually like ordering. There is a lot of other complications Google will eventually have to address, but it’s a solid start.

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4 responses to “Google Maps Now Shows You Restaurants That Will Actually Match Your Tastes”

  1. AnOldAmigaUser

    Being reminded that Google knows where you have been, and has cross-referenced that to the known locations of eating and drinking establishments, just feels a tad over the creepy line. Do the establishments suggested have to be Google Ad-words customers, or is this something they would pay extra which case, are they getting any additional information about those of us who are not Google's customers, but their product?

    Not that I dislike the idea of getting new recommendations, but I tend to patronize the same establishments because I know what I am getting in terms of quality, ambience, etc. New establishments, generally, have to come recommended by friends, or offer something new, which would not match past habits. Perhaps more useful when travelling, but part of the fun of travelling is discovering places on your own.

    At least it is not intrusive, and can be ignored if one so desires.

  2. LocalPCGuy

    Unless they know what I have a taste for at the moment, I don't think this is going to be useful to me. I suspect that they get paid for the listings, or will in the future. I'll pass in any case.

  3. rameshthanikodi

    honest question, does this type of thing from google not worry anyone?

    • Nicholas Kathrein

      In reply to FalseAgent:

      Nope. I trust Google. I've been all in since the Android came out on their 1st phone and haven't had any negative experiences. I know I'm trading something for something.I don't notice any more ads for using Google than using the other options. The ads I see as rare as I see them are at least in things I might be interested in vs the belly fat and other pill ads.