Google Maps ‘For You’ Tab Rolling Out On iOS, Gets Wider Reach on Android

Google Maps ‘For You’ Tab Rolling Out On iOS, Gets Wider Reach on Android

Google Maps ‘For You’ Tab Rolling Out On iOS, Gets Wider Reach on Android

by December 12, 2018

Google has extended its ‘For You’ tab in Maps to iOS users. This feature will be available in 40 new countries. Its Android users in over 130 new countries will now enjoy this feature.

The feature was launched earlier this year in select countries only. The new ‘For You’ tab helps Maps users to view nearby events, restaurants, and more.  Google has also introduced the Google Lens feature in Google app for iOS. It will enable the iPhone users to use the visual search feature as well. The development follows the integration of Google Lens with Google Images in October this year.

On its blog, Google explains, “The ‘For You’ tab is designed to be a constant source of inspiration tailored to your tastes and preferences. Simply follow neighbourhoods or places you’re interested in to get updates and recommendations-everything from recent news about an opening or pop up, a new menu item, and even restaurant suggestions based on what you’re likely to enjoy. If you’re making a trip this holiday season, the For You tab can help you get a jump start on travel planning even before you take off.”

As it is a phased roll out, most users are yet to see the new tab in their Android or iOS apps. It might take some weeks before all users in the list of compatible countries can start to enjoy this feature.

In another development, Google has now integrated Google Lens support inside the Google app for iOS users. As per Google, a new Google Lens button will now be placed beside the mic button that triggers’ Ok Google’ voice commands. When this new button is pressed, it will open up the camera and let you select objects that you desire to search online. Google can then recognize the image and show search results accordingly.

For example, users can now tap on a clothing garment and Google will display shopping site results with similar outfits. Another instance could be when you tap on a flower, Google can come back with information about the flower. The feature is still not live in our Google app for iOS so users will have to be a bit more patient to start seeing it on their iPhones.