Google Revamps Google News Initiative, Newscast and More

Ignacio Smith
May 9, 2018

With the new features, Maps is expected to become more helpful and personal as the service will now offer more customised suggestions and recommendations for users based on the location.

Subscriptions to premium news outlets can now easily be done through Google News, without the need of manually putting in credit card and other information by the end-user, if so desired.

In order to make this possible, GPS alone lacks the precision needed, so Google have been working on implementing a new system, referred to as VPS, or the Visual Positioning System.

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When you check out a particular area on the map, you'll see dining, event, and activity options based on the area you're looking at.

We use machine learning to generate this number, based on a few factors: what we know about a business, the food and drink preferences you've selected in Google Maps, places you've been to, and whether you've rated a restaurant or added it to a list.

You will also be able to "cut and paste" the text to add to your own documents, just by holding your phone's camera up to the writing.

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Google revealed For You at its I/O 2018 developer conference with an example that showed a recommendation for a new cafe alongside reviews and a news link related to the cafe's opening.

"For You" Tab: An all-new tab featuring places you may want to try in areas you regularly frequent.

Group Planning: Add places to shareable lists, which friends and family can also add to and vote on. They will also be able to get help with directions from a nifty fox. A new camera interface can tell users exactly where they are in the real world, with helpful animated guides. We'll find out for sure when both of the new features roll out globally to Android (and iOS) devices, which Google says will happen in the coming months. Part of this is simply to avoid your wasting time scrolling through endless four-star listings on other platforms while you look for someplace to go.

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