Google Revamps Local Mobile Search for Phones and Desktop
Google has re-tooled the way its local search feature behaves on mobile phones. One of the key features is the ability to search for and save places on Google Maps using a desktop PC, and then access those saved locations from a mobile phone at a later time. Using the new tools, it is easy to sort between local search options and find nearby places without the need to type in queries. The starred places will also provide information in a way that's optimized for mobile devices, showing details such as phone numbers and hours open. The new version of Google local search for both Maps and mobile is free to use.
Google Tasks Local Guides to Add Wheelchair Accessibility Details
Google wants to ensure those in wheelchairs have access to the accessibility information they need before visiting places around the world. The search giant is asking its Local Guides, those who contribute information about places on Google Makes, to make an effort to answer questions about wheelchair accessibility.
Send Places from Google Maps to Your iPhone
Google recently provided an update to its Maps app for iOS that adds the ability to send places from Maps on a desktop to an iPhone. The feature, which has been available to Android phones for several months, requires iPhone owners to enable notifications for Maps.
Google Brings Q&A Feature to Maps and Search
Google today said it is adding a question-and-answer tool to Google Maps and Google Search for Android devices. Users need only search for and open business listings within Maps or Search to see the Q&A feature, which taps into data provided by Google Local Guides and others.
Google Maps and Google Search Debut SOS Function
Google today announced its Google Maps and Google Search apps will soon show critical information regarding natural and other disasters that may strike. The SOS Alerts, as they are called, will appear at the top of search results and within maps as people look for information concerning the disasters or impacted areas.