Google’s Maps app has evolved to be more than an app which gets you from Point A to Point B. Now it wants to help you decided what you’re going to do wh you get to Point B, especially if Point B is a restaurant. The firm has debuted a new feature known as ‘popular dishes.’ When searching for a restaurant on Google Maps, the firm will serve up (sorry, not sorry) a sample of its most popular dishes so you can make an order faster.
“The popular dishes feature is powered by a machine learning algorithm that matches dish names, provided by Google Maps users, with relevant photos and reviews. This creates a handy arrangement of a restaurant’s most popular meals right at your fingertips in Google Maps,” Google explained today.
Granted, this is only useful if you’re a newbie wanting to know what the locals sample without a clear idea of what you want. On the other hand, it could help indecisive eaters save time, so points to Google for that. You can pay it forward by sharing your own favourite meals on Google’s Map so the firm has a better idea of what is popular– but don’t feel obliged to despite what Google’s blog post sweetly suggests. You’re not being paid.
Google is rolling this feature out on Android devices today and on iOS in the coming months.