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Google will soon start tagging restaurant food pictures


In beta mode, the tagged pics will pop-up within its Maps which other users can then tag/share with their network.

The feature will apparently alert users when Maps finds a newly captured photo taken at a food-related place on their device and offer to attach that photo to a location for others to see. The feature called Photo Notifications is on an early rollout available only to high-ranking members of Google Maps’ “Local Guides” community.

Google_Food_Pic_01This is Google is reinventing an earlier failed experiment called Tablescape.

“These notifications show up after you’ve taken a photo in public places that Google thinks are interesting to other people, like restaurants and bars. To get these notifications, you need Location History turned on,” stated a Google help page to describe the feature.

The Location History requirement suggests the Maps app is just doing a simple GPS lookup, and if the location data embedded in a photo matches a place, it will spawn a notification.

The photos Google Maps is asking for will end up in the public Places database of Google Maps – a collection of reviews and pictures submitted by users.

This is not the first time Google Maps has tried to get more data on places from users. The app will often prompt users to rate a place they’ve been to but this has always been in-line, in a Places card, and easy to scroll past.

The use of an Android notification is a much more aggressive form of data acquisition. It’s unclear if or when the feature is going to move past the early rollout stage and become available to the entire Google Maps user base.

Source: Hindustan Times/Android Police

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