Google Maps is getting a cool new update that makes it work a lot like Google Search. Instead of having to know the exact name of a place or business, you can now type in what you’re looking for, and Google Maps will show you where to find it.
Here’s how it works: Google is using smart computer technology to look at the billions of pictures people have uploaded to Maps. It’s like having a super-smart robot that can find things in these pictures that match your search.
For example, let’s say you’re in the mood for a fancy coffee with cute animal shapes on top. You can just type “animal latte art” in Google Maps, and it will show you pictures of coffee with adorable animal designs that others have shared. When you see one you like, Maps will also give you info on where to get that coffee and how to get there.
If you prefer nature stuff, you can look for things like “fall leaves” or “waterfalls” too.
This update is starting in the US, UK, Japan, France, and Germany first, and it’ll be in more countries soon.
But that’s not all! Google Maps is also getting better for people who drive electric cars. Now, when you’re on the road and need to charge your electric vehicle, Google Maps will help you find charging stations more easily. It’ll even tell you if they’re fast, medium, or slow chargers and when they were last used. No more driving to a charging station only to find out it’s not working!
So, in a nutshell, Google Maps is becoming even more helpful, showing you what you’re looking for, whether it’s a cute coffee or a charging station for your electric car. It’s like having a smart friend who knows everything about places and things. Enjoy exploring!