Google continues to add new features to the popular Maps application in order to further increase the usage of the app and add a new revenue stream.
In short, you can expect to see flight and hotel reservations, Live View (in countries where Street View is available), and the new Timeline on your phones in the coming weeks. Reservations and Live View are coming to Android and iOS, and the new Timeline is available on Android.
Not only does Google Maps help you navigate, explore and get things done at home, but it’s also a powerful travel companion. Now, you can use Google Maps to see all of your flight and hotel reservations in one place. Simply tap on the three gray lines at the top left corner of your screen, and then on “Your Places”. Then, hit the “Reservations” tab where you’ll see a list of your upcoming trips. Selecting your trip will instantly pull up your reservations, and you can even access them if you’re offline, so no need to worry if you’re off the grid with no service or traveling internationally without a data plan.
For those exploring a city on foot, Google maps is getting a beta feature called Live View. You can use augmented reality (AR) to better see which way to walk. Arrows and directions are placed in the real world to guide your way. Google has tested Live View with the Local Guides and Pixel community over the past few months, and is expanding the beta to Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and ARKit starting this week.
Food is one of the main highlights of any vacation. With Google Maps, you can find restaurants tailored to your tastes with Your Match, see how long the wait is, and even book a reservation without ever leaving the app. With the popular dishes feature, you can quickly find out what the must-try items on the menu are.
If you’ve chosen to turn your Location History setting on, you can now use the updated version of Timeline to easily remember that amazing hole-in-the-wall restaurant you dined at or the cute vintage shop you popped into. You’ll also be able to see all of the places you went to in a country or a city, and even drill down to the categories of places you visited–including restaurants, shops, attractions, hotels and airports. So the next time someone asks you for trip recommendations, you can easily export the places you loved to a list, make notes about exactly what you liked, and share that list with friends and family.