Google Maps update takes on Foursquare and Yelp

Google has taken on Foursquare and Yelp with the explore feature released in the Google Maps update this week. The update was first released on iOS and late yesterday it came to Android.

With the new update you can explore new places in your local area by tapping on the Explore button at the right bottom corner of your map. You’ll then see several activities and places to explore around your area, as you do on Foursquare.

You also get to decided on what’s nearby depending on whether you want what’s a mile away or a few meters away, 20-minute drive or 30-minute walk. The suggestions from the explore feature are also weather optimized, that way you won’t get to arrive in a park just in time for a thunderstorm. The update also brings with it several reviews for restaurants and various shops.