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Google Maps Explore section gets curated results in key markets

The Google Maps team has improved the Explore feature, which now includes curated results. This will make it easier for users to find what they are really in the mood for.
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Published onSeptember 3, 2015

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Google Maps is my go-to app when trying to find a good bite or drink around the city. Regardless of the time or mood, the Explore feature has you covered. We must accept the results are not always on point, though. This is why today’s Maps improvements will make our meals so much tastier.

The Google Maps team has improved the Explore feature, which now includes curated results. This will make it easier for users to find what what you are in the mood for, as well as what’s good around your vicinity. Instead of simply handing you a list of general places and nearby locations, users can now browse through specific hand-picked lists. Some examples include “Best lunches”, “Best dinners”, “Mission-style Mexican food”, “best spots for dinner with kids” and more.

The cool part is that these curated lists will change depending on your area, time of the day and other factors. It will alternate and show much more specific lists. Why get a good burger if a neighborhood is famous for its tacos? That’s just one example.

But there is one catch… a pretty big one. These improvements are only available in a few select markets so far. These include San Francisco, New York City and London. Other users will be stuck with the nearby locations, at least until this functionality spreads to other markets.

It’s certainly a fun feature that will leave you much more satisfied once that dinner plate has been emptied. Have any of you guys tested it yet?