Google Maps and Search Get Updates at Google I/O
Google Maps is getting a major redesign with increased user interaction, while Google Search will now "talk" with you to help refine your searches.Google Maps and Google Search are getting innovative updates, with Maps receiving a more interactive look and Search gaining speech recognition capabilities that will allow users to "talk" back and forth during searches. Both upgrades were unveiled in detail at the May 15 opening session of the three-day Google I/O Developers Conference, which is being held in San Francisco's Moscone Center. The new Google Maps takes a new approach to how people use online and mobile maps, gaining the ability to instantly respond to user inputs, making recommendations on places to visit and highlighting information that matters most during a map inquiry, according to a May 15 post by Bernhard Seefeld, Google Maps product management director, and Yatin Chawathe, Google Maps engineering director, on the Google Lat Long Blog. The next generation of the Maps service essentially will create a map that is unique to each user and his or her needs, based on the input from the user, according to the post. "And the more you interact with the map, the better it gets. When you set your Home and Work locations, star favorite places, write reviews and share with friends, Google Maps will build even more useful maps with recommendations for places you might enjoy," the post states.
The idea is that Maps will now create custom maps for each user, according to Google. "In the past, such a notion would have been unbelievable: a map was just a map, and you got the same one for New York City, whether you were searching for the Empire State Building or the coffee shop down the street."