Google Announces New 'Favorite Places' Program
Today Google unveiled a new product for consumers that will let them gather more information about local places. Businesses that have been searched many times on Google will receive barcode stickers from Google and will officially be named Favorite Places on Google. Google said that it has named over 100,000 businesses in some 9,000 U.S. cities in all 50 states. Users will scan the barcode at the entrance of these businesses and will then receive relevant search results, such as reviews, or coupons. Users will also have the ability to star that place as a favorite on Google Maps. In order to participate, end users will need to have a camera on their device and an application that can scan barcodes. Google recommends the Barcode Scanner application for Android phones, and QuickMark, BeeTag, or NeoReader for iPhones.
Google Maps Timeline Feature Travels to iOS Devices
Google today made the Timeline tool of Google Maps available to iOS devices. Timeline tracks users' movements based on their location, providing a clear picture of where they've been, for how long, and how they got there.
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.
Chrome for iOS Gains QR Scanning Tool
Google today updated its Chrome browser for iOS devices and added a novel tool: a QR and barcode scanner. iPhone owners can scan a QR code or barcode by using 3D Touch on the app logo or by searching for "QR" in iOS's Spotlight search bar.
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.