Google Maps is the American tech giant’s navigation software that is used by millions of people on Android, iOS and desktops.
Google Maps has an array of features that makes it especially useful for discovering new places.
On smartphones, the programme’s “Explore” tab is great for such a task.
This section of the Google Maps app provides instant access to local restaurants, bars, events and more.
Moreover, the tab also changes on location and context, making it incredibly useful.
While the Explore section can be used to quickly find directions to specific businesses and services, scrolling further down presents a list of cards that are more detailed.
For instance, if you are in London the section may display relevant events and a trending list of what to do in the city during a particular week.
Finally, Google Maps also arranges the top eateries in a particular town or city in what the app calls a “foodie list”.
Overall, the Explore tab boasts a wealth of functionality that can be incredibly handy to users.
However, it appears Google is refining this section further with a new update.
As noted by Android Police, it appears Google is adding a new segment to the Explore tab that provides a detailed insight into different areas of a particular city.
The outlet showed an image of the app with the City of London highlighted; a grey arrow was present on the Explore section that displayed a list of popular areas for the user to discover.
Each area was exhibited with a picture and a few lines of text highlighting why it was notable.
Additionally, Android Police also showed the feature in action for the New York City borough of Manhattan.
Chinatown, Tribeca, the Financial District, Little Italy and more were displayed as areas the user should explore.
While the new update appears to be very subtle, it could prove to be extremely useful for anyone that finds themselves in an unfamiliar city.
Android Police stated the new feature was available on all devices it tested.
However, Express.co.uk was unable to replicate the functionality on our hardware, suggesting the feature is rolling out gradually to Google Maps fans.