In this period, the streets will be filled with people heading to stores that will offer discounts on items for Black Friday, and for the rest of drivers, this will be a real nightmare, because they will be caught in traffic and will be late for work or important meetings. Google Maps already received some features that offer real-time transit information in select cities and warnings about closed roads, as well as the new estimated time of arrival that changes due to closed places. The application has just received a new feature which has upgraded the Popular Times feature, so now you’ll receive real-time data which will show you how crowded a place is “right now”.
According to Google, the new feature will roll out to users “in time for the Black Friday swarms” and it will be accessed via Google Search and Maps. Jamie Aspinall, Product Manager, has announced through a blog post that “All these tips are just a tap away in Google Search and Maps,” although, currently, they aren’t available in the latest app versions in India. Most likely, the feature will gradually to users all over the world, so it’s a matter of days or hours until it will be available in the latest Search and Google Maps app versions.
In addition, the Popular Times graph will feature a Live tag and besides real-time data, Google Maps will show “how long people typically stay at a given location”, which will help users to plan their itinerary to the minute. The latest version of Google Maps introduced a new feature that will offer detailed information about business hours of different sections at a store, or even a restaurant. So, if users will be at a place nearby and they will want to visit a gallery, the application will offer specific visiting timing.
The new update of Google Maps will roll out to both Android and iOS users.
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