This week, Google is introducing a new “Explore” button through Google Maps that will help all of us discover new places nearby. The button will appear in the bottom right corner of Google Maps, likely next to the location/compass button, “where available.” In other words, it should just show up if you are in an area that is ready to help you explore.
By “explore,” Google means that it will show you new places to checkout depending on the area or moment of the day. You can even browse around the map to different cities to help plan your next vacation using Explore. The results you get could change based on the time of day or weather, so expecting to find a breakfast spot to show in the evening isn’t likely. Google notes that you have to be signed in with location reporting and history on in order for this new feature to work.
Google didn’t mention in today’s announcement if Explore will come through an update or if this is a server-side switch that can happen. If you notice a new button, let us know. Otherwise, we will be on the lookout for the update.
Edit: It is a server-side switch. You are waiting for Google to give you the goods.