Sunday , August 19 2018

It seems that Google Maps is now displaying some additional prompts for users uploading photographs of food at cafes, asking them to name and rate the dish.

Given Google’s mission to catalog and organise the world’s data, this isn’t surprising – Google can use this additional information to take its recommendations a step further by telling you not just which cafes are popular but also which specific food at a particular cafe is popular.

When you add a new photo, Maps will ask you to name the dish and present you with a fairly comprehensive list of meals as autocomplete options. In the three attempts I made at this, it didn’t recognise “pork dim sum” but did recognise “porridge” and even “deep fried ice cream”.

After you’ve named the dish, Maps will also ask you to recommend it with a simple thumb up/down rating.

Have you noticed any other new Maps features like this? Tell us in the comments!

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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