Google Maps is making some social media-inspired updates to support more client produced content in the application.
The application on Thursday presented a few new features pointed toward making Google Maps more interactive, including one that makes it simpler for clients to share photos of locations they visit.
The progressions are only the latest in a string of updates as of late, as Google (GOOGL) hopes to make Maps a spot to go for directions, yet one where individuals can arrange for where to go, speak with local organizations, sort out some way to arrive, pay for parking and share about their experiences. The application likewise added a feature in September that shows how common Covid is in a given area.
The endeavors to increase engagement with Google Maps gives off an impression of being working: The organization said Thursday that it presently has 150 million “Local Guides” — clients who consistently contribute reviews, photographs and data on Maps — on the platform. In 2020, Local Guides added in excess of 8 million spots to the application.
“With all the change our world saw over the past year, people are relying more than ever on high-quality, updated information about the places around them — like if a nearby restaurant is open or if a local grocery store has updated hours,” Google said in a statement, adding that it wants to, “make it easy for anyone with a Google account to contribute their local knowledge.”
Among the new features declared Thursday is “photo updates,” which will assist individuals with improving, more exceptional feeling of spots they’re considering visiting; for instance, they’ll have the option to check whether a restaurant’s seating set-up is shaded. As it carries out in the coming weeks, individuals can go to the new “Updates” tab when taking a gander at a put on the application, snap a brisk photograph to add and compose a subtitle, without leaving a full evaluating or audit.
Google Maps is likewise making it simpler to report street changes on the application, adding a choice to “Edit the Map” that will allow clients to correct errors, including by drawing in missing roads, renaming streets or deleting incorrect roads. The organization says it will vet contributed street refreshes prior to publishing them.
To get more individuals to exploit these intelligent highlights, Google Maps is dispatching a “Local Love Challenge,” urging Android clients to contribute photographs, audits and data to the application with the goal of updating 100,000 location listings in the next month.