Google Maps makes it easier to explore your surroundings

File photo: Google Maps application is displayed on a smartphone in Seoul, South Korea, in this photo illustration August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Heads-up, explorers: Google is rolling out a number of new Maps features that are designed to help you figure out where to go, not only how to get there.

First unveiled last month a new explore tab rolling out to Google Maps on iOS and Android, and offers recommendations for restaurants, bars and cafes in each area that you are interested in the research. The app is also now trending lists of places that you might want to check out, the sex of local experts and of the algorithms of Google.

Plus, if you have Location History enabled, you’ll now see a “match” numeric score for each restaurant or bar. This gives you an idea of “how likely it is that you to enjoy a place based on your own preferences,” Google Maps Senior Product Manager Sophia Lin wrote in a Tuesday blog post. For more personal recommendations, you can head over to Settings and select the types of dishes you are in—and the ones you would rather skip.

On Android, the Cards automatically keep track of your progress with the new trending lists. “So if you are on a mission to try the 10 best tacos in your area, and you have tried, 5, Google Maps will note that for you, so you can get to the tacos pronto,” Lin wrote.

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Another handy feature is limited to Android at the moment surfaces of local events and activities on the explore tab. “You see photos, descriptions, and filter on categories, such as” good for the children,’ ‘cheap’ or ‘within or outside’ so you can find the right activity to suit your mood,” Lin wrote.

Finally, a new “For You”, on the tab available on Android in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Japan, will “keep you informed of everything happening in the areas that you care about the question or in the vicinity of your home, work, or a city that you often visit,” Lin wrote. You can specific areas, and Google will inform you if there is a new eatery opened in the area.

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