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Google Maps To Get Floating Categories

Google Maps will soon have a new feature. According to a tip from Android Police, Google is testing a floating categories bar. The feature allows you to search for places in your area by a category like gas, cafes, restaurants, and so on.

The Layers button moves to the left and the categories appear right next to it. Users can tap and scroll right to get more categories. Although they can get to these categories by going into the “Explore” tab at the bottom of Google Maps, the new feature is merely a quicker way to access the same search as before, so the actual function of the bar isn’t novel.

According to Android Police, the sighting of the feature appears to be part of a very limited test. The actual floating bar in its current state acts buggy and doesn’t appear every single time. The category bubbles appeared to one of the site’s readers on the latest version of Google Maps Beta. We are unable to replicate it, though.

This must be coming as part of the new Explore tab redesign that was announced at Google I/O. Other features include a restaurant match tool, AR walking directions, a “For You” tab, and a way to share Google Map locations with a group of friends.

Source: Android Police

 

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