Google Search and Maps to Show Live Restaurant Wait Times
Google can now let you know just how long the wait will be at your favorite restaurant. Google is adding live wait times to Google Search and Google Maps. Moving forward, the Popular Times section in search results includes an estimated wait time that's live to the moment. Google says tapping any of the hour bars in the Popular Times section displays the average wait for that time of day. Summaries of each day's wait times are available when scrolling left or right. This new tool is being added to Google Search first, with Google Maps to follow shortly.
Google Jazzes Up Weather Search Results
Checking the weather forecast via Google Search just received a big upgrade. On Android devices, searches in the Google app for "weather" will include far more information than before in a more appealing design.
Google Adds Lyft and Gett to Google Maps
Google today boosted the number of ride-hailing services available within Google Maps to a total of nine. Moving forward, Lyft and Gett will display ride options in the U.S.
Google's AMP-lified Content to Be Prioritized In Mobile Search
Google today said people should see AMP'd content appear most prominently in mobile search. Google kicked of AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages Project) last year with the goal of improving web page load times on the mobile web.
Google Takes Steps to Ensure Search Results Are Locally Relevant
Google today said it has updated the way it handles queries in Search and Maps when people travel. Moving forward, people will be served search results based on their actual location, not the domain they've indicated on the web (such as .com, .uk, .de, etc.) Google says people using Search in the U.S.