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When you're searching for a place to eat in Google Maps, you have to tap on a location to learn more about it and see how it's rated. The Maps app is now rolling out a small upgrade to make finding a well-rated spot faster and easier.

As you move around in the Google Maps app, clickable restaurant names and other businesses appear on the map. Android Police has spotted new star ratings hovering just under a location's name on the map.

The feature isn't on everyone's devices yet, but is likely to soon launch on a wider scale.

SEE: How to find a place to eat using the new Google Maps Explore tab

Maps ramped up its app over the last few months adding new commute and Explore features. The Explore tab, added in August, includes a food matchmaker feature that generates the percentage likelihood that you'll dig a place based on your past eating history.

You can see a Foodie List that compiles the top five places to eat in a given area.

The Explore feature uses AI to help you find the best places to eat and drink almost anywhere in the world.

Google Maps knows that organizing an event with friends can be challenging. So, users can now make a short list of possible restaurants or bars and send to their group. Friends can vote on places to make the process quicker.

Once you find a place that suits you, you can check wait times and make reservations through the app.

Google Maps' new star-ratings update is minor but is another step towards the app solidifying itself as more than just a navigation app but a broader information source for choosing nearby businesses.

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Takeaways

  1. Google Maps is rolling out a feature that lets you see how a business is rated directly from the map screen.
  2. The new star-rating feature is part of the culminating updates from Google Maps like the Explore tab, food matchmaker, and voting for friend groups--all aimed at making the app a source for local information and not just a GPS program.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.