Google is testing a new Maps feature for uploading food-related pics, according to Android Police. The feature will identify when the photos are clicked at a restaurant or other food serving places, and offer to attach them to the establishment’s location.

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Is new feature replacing Tablescape?

As of now, the new feature is available only to local guides who are of “level 3 and above” i.e., people with more than 50 reviews of Google’s Local Guides program. The feature will alert these users when any new image taken at a food-related place is found by Maps on the users device. The feature will then ask the user if he or she wants to attach the image to the location for others to see. As per the report, the process will take “just two taps.”

Earlier this year, the search giant came up with “Tablescape,” an experimental food photography service. Unfortunately, it was closed down in June due to resource relocation towards other projects. Back then, Google clearly mentioned in its mail to the Tablescape users that “you may see the influence of Tablescape in future apps,” as the company has not given “up on food photography,” with the shutdown of this app. Now it seems Google was telling the truth as this new feature does have some reflections of Tablescape.

To help Google against Instagram

Google’s new food photography feature is not a standalone app, however, it will definitely help to enhance the passion for food photography among users.

In the email sent to local guides, a link has been provided under the “Learn more” button. The mail reads that the notifications “show up after you’ve taken a photo in public places that Google thinks are interesting to other people, like restaurants and bars.” The notifications are optional, so anyone who wants to opt out can do so. As of now, the new feature has not been given a name.

This new feature will not only encourage you to take pictures while you eat, but also boosts restaurant reviews, which will be a big help to Google in its battle woth Instagram and Twitter in this segment.