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explore_ibwYOwz_Cut4_B.gifThe redesigned Explore tab that will launch on Google Maps.Every year, Google hosts a conference called I/O where developers from around the world preview our upcoming launches. It’s happening now, and you can check out the Keyword blog to read about some of the coolest updates coming to Google Maps. It offers a sneak peek of some new features that will help you discover the best places near you. Look closely at the redesigned Explore tab, and you may spot the Google Local Guides badge!

 

That’s because our editorial team has been creating lists for this upcoming launch as part of our ongoing mission to showcase the power of this community. You can already find editorial lists and tips in Google Earth Voyager and across our social channels. We make these lists with help from millions of reviews shared by Local Guides like you. How? We choose fun themes and select places by considering things like star ratings, reviews, and other contributions from the community.

 

Use the comments here to tell us what lists you'd like to see for places in your city, and keep sharing your own great lists. Keep in mind these tips and add #LocalGuides to your list descriptions so we can find and feature them on social.

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Level 8

Nice @AlexVee  wow its more like sosial media great UI cant wait to try

Greetings from Bandung, Indonesia

 

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TitanR

Level 8

I love it! The new feature where a group of people can vote and suggest a location for their meetup or hangout is awesome! Keep it up, Google Maps!

Level 6

@AlexVee  That's Great!  But kindly specify when you make this post if it is just for android users alone or IOS users as well.  As an IOS user, i hardly see major updates or we get it very late.

Level 7

So thrilled with the new features I can't wait for this to roll out!

 

Below is my list.

1, Best Local Restaurants

2, Top Restaurants (Country/Food)

3, Top Nightclubs (Afrobeat, House/EDM, Pop, Hip Hop/Rap, R&B, Latin, 60s/70s etc)

4, Must Visit (Landmarks, Beaches, Measums, Parks, Riverside etc)

5, Top Business/Networking & Events  spots 

6,  Entertainment Spot 

 

#LocalGuides

Level 10

Thank you for sharing @AlexVee I will love to see a list with the tagline thays says

Recommended Places to Eat In Lagos,Nigeria 

 

Recommended Sport Bars To watch live football games in Lagos, Nigeria

 

Must Visit Tourist Destinations in Nigeria

#Localguides

 

Those are my little contributions, hope to see it get implented :).

 

 

Level 7

In making curated lists,  I would suggest including seasonal or event lists. For example I made a festival guide to help all the out of town folks coming into our city for our annual Tamale Festival. The link is below. What I especially love about these lists is that you can substitute your normal review with an alternative description for each location.

 

6th Annual Riverside Tamales Festival Guide

 

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Level 7

 Thanks @AlexVee

I am from India yesterday I had watched the live streaming of Google I/O 2018

 

There are few new interesting updates coming soon for Google Maps

 

Here is my list

Level 8

Hi @AlexVee

 

All this with the help of AI.

 

The redesigned Explore tab is cool.

 
  • Your match (Matching your taste and showing a score for you to decide)
  • Add places to a shortlist (shareable shortlist that friends and family can add more places to and vote on)
  • Vote on where to go
  • The For you tab (the best way to stay on top of the latest and greatest happening in the areas you’re into)

It's so cool. Can't wait to try all these. Google always brings us surprises. 

 

Thanks Alex 

 

Cheers

Level 8

I'm super excited and psyched when I heard about Google Maps new features at Google IO 2018 :D 
It's amazing how Google Maps will be more than the maps and will have a more personal touch with amazing AI technology interaction. 

I'm really looking forward to the great updates. UI seems to be more amazing and neat. Kudos Google Maps team 

Level 9

That would be great addition in Google Maps, that we can see the places with our point of interest,

I really want to explore the best coffee shops around me,

So the cafe list is good for me

Thanks for sharing @AlexVee

Level 9

Thanks @AlexVee

For sharing this with us 

Level 10

Wow, I can't wait to use all these new features. Curious how much "your match" know me. 

Level 8

@AlexVee

 

Thanks and will follow it up more

 

from Addis Ababa, ET

Level 9

Wow it's awesome developments, anxiously waiting for the new features :)

Level 10

This is a fantastic feature that we've already had a glimpse of through the 'Explore' section at the bottom of the apps, showing the breakfast, lunch, coffee, dinner and drinks sections, it would be awesome to have more informative excerpts as I can see in this new Explore redesign.

 

Might I also add that often it will feature mainly those that have full information and great interior photos and reviews, so it looks like we're back to constructing our neighbourhood information around us ready for more!

 

Super excited to see how 'Your match' goes with someone that's extremely erratic and picky like myself! But the group planning will definitely be a big hit, especially since I tend to have conversations with my friends that take so much longer deciding to find a place to eat than actually being at the place! I actually don't use lists at all... but I might very soon!

Level 8

This is great! I will creat and share my list.

Level 9

I love it, it's amazing!

Anonymous
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@AlexVee Really interesting.Thank you somuch for share with us.I'll use it from now.Really happy I've gotnearest 4 Million of visits  in G.Maps at this moment👍😉🇪🇸.

@Anonymous

Level 6

@AlexVee

Great news, thanks ...

Level 5

NIce... Hopefully we get to see more options for taglines for either places to eat, hospitals and car repairs . etc. this would help navigation faster

Level 6

 All nice...  

 

Things like 

 

- Supermarkets with the best deals in Lagos / closest to me

 

- most child friendly supermarkets in Lagos / closest to me 

 

 

Will be awesome additions to maps 

 

 

Level 6

 Loving the updates! Can't wait for this to start taking effect especially in Nigeria! 💃💃💃💃💃

Level 8

Public toilets!! are some of the most forgotten but useful places when you are visiting a city.
Yesterday I found one with a view:
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Level 7

Now that's what call 'amazing'. I'm supper edited to see and use this new update.

Level 8

Wow nice, wonderful initative...

Level 7

That's awesome, It's cleaner and the visual it's more organizate, it's all we need now.

Level 10

The list of restaurants should be more detail categories/types, like the picture below, so that will be more attractive for us:IMG_0924.PNGCuisine and Type

 

 

Level 9

Hello @AlexVee  thanks for sharing this awesome post with us. We are really very happy and waiting for this update.

 

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@AlexVee,  for me lists that would be helpful 

 

  1. top 5 kid friendly places for under 5
  2. top 5 places to buy a birthday cake
  3. top 5 places to eat Vegan 
  4. top 5 places to eat gluten free
  5. top 5 restaurants that are nut free
  6. top 5 places to go that are free
  7. free family events to attend this week /weekend
  8. family events to attend this week / weekend
  9. places to shop vegan and gluten free
  10. top 5 (cuisine) restaurants to eat - so Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian, Mexican, Thai, etc. - by $$$$$,$$$$,$$$, $$, & $

Are just some lists that come to mind.

 

Cheers,

Karen

 

 

 

 

Level 8

Wow it's Awsome  

Level 8

More happy news @AlexVee :-)

Level 7

Thanks for sharing with us @AlexVee

Level 8

eagerly waiting to try these features...

Level 9

That's gr8. Lovely features to be added and waiting for it.

Level 7

Hi @AlexVee

 

This indeed seems a great update on Google Maps platform. 

 

I do have a list suggestion. It would be great if we could collate information on cricket clubs / academies for girls and create a list out of it. It will surely help girls locate the clubs nearby where they can go and train themselves. 

 

I am working on a similar idea through my project here in India called Female Cricket. 

 

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Through the above website form, we take suggestions from locals about the cricket clubs, verify it and then we add these missing places on Google Maps. 

 

My full story here:https://www.localguidesconnect.com/t5/General-Discussion/See-you-at-Local-Guide-Connect-Live-2018-He...

 

#LocalGuides 

Level 6

@AlexVee Thanks for sharing with us, The New feature on Google map could help the people better way.

 

Regards.

The new design looks fresh, modern and fun, I would like to try it right now. I will use it as soon as I can.

Level 5

Doesn't you think in develop the Local Guide like a Social Media and a specific app for it? However, It's awesome, betther than before, so now we can manage our activities easier and more intuitive.

Level 9

Thank you for sharing 

Level 9

@AlexVee

Awesome!!!!!

Can't wait to see how Google Maps do more and better to people's daily lifel:((

Level 7

 Thank you for these new features, Google Maps Team!  Awesome! Thanks for sharing, @AlexVee. Looking forward to try them. Makes organizing for group dates or meet-ups/catch-ups a lot better and easier - whether with family or friends. I know it'll be useful and helpful for all of us as we travel/visit mostly new & unfamilair places, too. No need to just rely on reading blogs or reviews. Local Guides will do it for us!  We also help our own communities! Great job....way to go!  So proud to be a #LocalGuide. 😃

 

Level 7
it's just wow ... amazingly improvised UI. It's going to more useful ever now. Can't wait to get that new feel Maps
Level 8

I want a list of a fitness center. Because sometimes it’s important when I step my feet in another city.

 

furthermore, due to the emerge of health awareness in my country, please add a sub-category for the healthy restaurant. Thanks a lot!

Level 8

This was awesome news for the Google Map User . Google I/O Maps

Level 10

Waiting for the new features in Android

Level 7
@AlexVee Thanks for sharing this information with us :)
Level 10

@AlexVee 

This is amazing massage for Local Guides. Thanks a lot! for sharing with us. Best of Luck!

 

 

Level 6

Fantastic!!

I'm waiting to see new features of google map☺

Level 8

I really loved the Google Lens <3 Integrating this with the Google Map would definitely take the things to the next level. 

This IO looks very attractive and easy to get more exciting features more easily, can't wait more for this amazing outstanding update

 

Regards

Ata Ur Rehman 

Pakistan Local Guides