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Finding an address on Google Maps becomes easier with Plus Codes

Finding an address on Google Maps becomes easier with Plus Codes”

To use a "Plus Code", users need to simply enter it into the Search field on Google or Google Maps, mobile or desktop, which will instantly show a location. On Google Maps, Plus codes assign six characters to a location plus the city name.

The Plus codes feature - a renaming of the Open Location code which has been live since 2014 - is open-source and open to third-party apps and services to use.

Plus Codes can be used for different reasons like sharing the venue of a place, or, providing directions to emergency services to a place that's too remote or has a very complicated address.

Plus Codes is as Open Source solution that has been developed by the engineers over at Google.

Google is also adding a new smart address search feature to Maps in India. At the bottom, you will notice an address or a plus code.

Google says Plus codes are supposed to simplify address search in India where often the address system is more complicated and longer than say countries in the West.

Plus codes work in places that haven't been mapped. Instead of showing no results, it will display these landmarks when a long address search is typed.

Google maps will automatically generate the code for a particular address and also add the city.

Where to find Plus Codes for your address. So, this might create confusion for some.

Users of Google Maps in India will be able to easily find the plus code for any area in the app, while the mapping service along with Search will support the entry of the new coordinate system. Google also introduced an "Add an Address" feature that enables users to submit new or missing addresses (like adding businesses) which will be verified and made searchable in due course by Google. Valid submissions will be rewarded with Local Guides points.

"Understanding addresses, especially in the Indian context (being so unique and varied, ) has always been a relentless pursuit for Google". Maps in India has supported Plus codes for some months now, and these will now be reflected in addresses and businesses as well. This is similar to real-life interactions where a person isn't aware of an exact address, but shares other information such as a nearby landmark, business or a locality to get closer to the final destination.

Apart from that, Google has also introduced 'Smart Address Search' which uses different pieces of information in an address to help users find the location they are looking for.

Additionally, Google announced the availability of voice navigation in six additional Indian languages - Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam - three years after it introduced the same in Hindi.



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