Google announced today that it will introduce a number of new Maps, Search and Shopping features. The company revealed most of the new features during its Search On event in September and is now starting to roll them out to users.
Starting today, users will be able to use Search to find their favorite dish at a nearby restaurant. For example, you can search for “truffle macaroni and cheese near me” to see which restaurants near you have the dish on their menu. Once you find a specific dish you’re looking for, you can learn more about its price, ingredients, and more.
Another new search feature allows you to use Google’s multiple search feature to find specific foods near you. Let’s say you see something tasty online, but you don’t know what it is or where to find it. You can now use Lens in the Google app for Android or iOS to take a photo or screenshot of a dish and add the words “near me” to find a place that sells it nearby.
Later this year, Google will release an update to its Lens AR Translate capabilities so that users can seamlessly translate text on complex backgrounds. Instead of covering the original text as it currently does, Google will erase the text and recreate the pixels underneath with an AI-generated background, then overlay the translated text over the image.
As for new Maps features, Google is rolling out a new visual search experience called Live View in London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo.
“Let’s say you’re visiting New York with plans to finish up your Christmas shopping and catch up with friends,” Google says in a blog post. “Pick up your phone and tap the camera icon in the search bar to see nearby stores and other places like coffee shops, banks, and ATMs. With AR-powered directions and arrows, you can see which way they are and how far away they are, and even spot places that aren’t in your immediate view (like a clothing store around the block) to get a real idea. . of the neighborhood at a glance.”
If you want to find other places, you can touch the categories to explore which restaurants, bars, sweet shops, parks and transit stations are nearby. In addition to displaying information about where the venues are, users will be able to see key information about each venue overlay, such as whether the location is busy, open, what the price range is, etc.
Another new Maps feature makes it easy for EV owners to find the best charging station for their vehicle. Now, you can search for “EV charging stations” and select the “fast charging” filter. You can also filter by stations that offer your EV plug type.
Google also announced that it will expand its “accessible places” feature globally after initially launching it in the US, Australia, Japan and the UK in 2020. The feature is designed to help people determine if a place is it is wheelchair accessible. You can turn on the “accessible places” setting in the app, after which you will start to see a wheelchair icon on wheelchair accessible places. You’ll be able to see if a venue has accessible seating, restrooms, and parking. Google notes that the feature can also be useful if you want to avoid stairs because you have a stroller or are using a cart.
Google has announced a new AR shopping feature that is designed to make it easier to find your exact base. The company says its new library of photos features 148 models representing a diverse spectrum of skin tones, ages, genders, facial shapes, ethnicities, and skin types. As a result, it should be easier for buyers to better visualize how different products will look on them.
“Here’s how it works: Google a foundation shade in a variety of prices and brands, like ‘Armani Luminous Silk Foundation,’” Google explained in a blog post. “You’ll see what that foundation looks like on models with a similar skin tone, including before and after shots, to help you decide which works best for you. Once you’ve found one you like, simply select a retailer to shop at.”
Users can now also shop for shoes using AR. You can start exploring shoes from brands like Saucony, VANS, and Merrell starting today. The feature will be supported by more brands in the future, Google says. You can start by searching for a type of shoe, such as “Shop blue VANS shoes” and tapping on “View in my space.” You’ll then be able to rotate, zoom, and view the shoes in your space to make it easier to see if you like the color, laces, sole, etc.