Google today announced a number of changes to the Google Maps platform, including an AI update. Google Maps now provides better information at a glance on places with details powered by Google AI.

The map shows photo highlights and reviews that summarize what people love about a location. Using AI, a restaurant's food items can be identified, and Google Maps will also provide cost, potential availability, and whether it meets dietary restrictions.

Google says it will now be easier to discover top sites and useful recommendation lists from the Google Maps community in select cities across the US and Canada. To use the feature, search for a city and swipe up to see curated lists of recommendations from people familiar with the city. There are also Trending, Top and Gem lists that highlight popular places to visit while traveling. This feature is available in 40 cities this week, with more to come in the future.

Along with the change in recommendations, Google is adding new customization tools for creating lists in Maps. Google Maps users can choose the order in which places appear in their created lists to rank them, and there are also options to link content from social channels. Google says the list update will be released on Android and iOS later this month.

Finally, Google Maps users can expect to see a refreshed design that includes a cleaner home screen with fewer tabs and new pin colors that make it easier to find places on Maps.

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