Google announced three new ways to help Plans more informative and to the point, which would make it more useful at a time when people are checking places online before leaving their homes. For starters, the tech giant is hosting a nationwide challenge in hopes of encouraging you to leave more reviews for local businesses.
During the next month, you will be able to participate in the “Local Love challenge” if you have an Android device in the United States. You’ll see the option to contribute to a 100,000 business update goal when you navigate to the Contribute tab in the Google Maps app. In addition to being able to leave ratings and reviews, you will also be able to confirm / update an establishment’s information, such as its opening hours.
Google is also launching a new feature that lets you upload photos of a property to Maps in the coming weeks. This will allow you to leave photos of a place with a short text description – for example, to show other people that a restaurant has outdoor seating or that a place has changed its facade – without having to. leave comments or star ratings. You can see photos in the Updates tab when you search for a place in Maps. To contribute, press the “download photo update” button in the same tab.
Finally, Google has rolled out the ability to report map changes with a desktop editing tool. You will be able to add missing roads in Maps by choosing “Edit” from the side menu and drawing lines. The tool will also allow you to change the direction of a road, realign and remove incorrect roads, as well as rename them if the information in Maps is no longer accurate. Allowing anyone to edit maps can be risky though, which is why Google will check for any route updates provided before releasing them to prevent people from adding false information. The tech giant will make the feature available in 80 countries over the next few months.