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New Google Maps ‘Your Timeline’ for your location history

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A new feather in the hat , Google has added a feature ‘Your Timeline’ that lets users track their travel history . This feature augments the usage of local information; consumers of different businesses can retrieve the information of important places & stores they have visited, leaving them a stress free experience.

“Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you’ve been, whether it’s a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled on a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help,” the company said.

“We’re gradually rolling out Your Timeline, a useful way to remember and view the places you’ve been on a given day, month or year. Your Timeline allows you to visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you’ve taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time.”

‘’Your Timeine ‘’ uses your location details & raises some privacy settings, according to Google the information is kept private & is shared only with the user. The user controls about the locations stored & can edit the details regarding any tagged location.

“Your Timeline is private and visible only to you; and you control the locations you choose to keep. This means you can easily delete a day or your full history at any time,” Google said.

“Available on desktop and Android, you can access Your Timeline if you’ve opted in to store your location history with Google. With Your Timeline, you have even more ways to view and control your location data.”

New Bing Maps Bring Improved Search, Discovery And Travel Planning

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Bing launched a completely reformed version of Bing Maps, which is available from today in preview mode for people who chose to use it. Bing claims its redesign was motivated from user feedback.

This new Maps product has improved search functionality with the capacity to view, search and share it on several places at one time. A valuable new feature unique of Bing Maps is its skill to let you search for varied locations, around numerous categories, and arrange your searched for places in card format. This is beneficial for comparing locations based on review score and distance, or for organizing an outing, which contains various stops.

The new search feature of Bing Map allows you to discover whatever is around you, from restaurants, to business places, to tourists. This is a development over Google’s bulky restrictions of just showing locations on a map, one category at a time.

‘Along the Route’ this is another new feature that is developed to alert travellers of stops, which may be of interest along their strategic route. ‘Along the Route’ is different from Google’s search nearby feature, here; this feature will alert you about the locations, which suit to numerous categories.

Today, some additional features were announced, which are familiar to Google Maps users. Let’s have a quick look –

  • Review photos and scores added in search results
  • ‘Streetside’ views, close to Google’s street view
  • Get expected travel times as per traffic conditions
  • Capacity to save favorite destinations
  • Capacity to share travel plans with others

Google’s Local Guides Encourages Users For Reviews With Rewards

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“Local Guides” is a latest feature released by Google Maps, which is similar to “Yelp Elite”. As per the program, Google will reward the users for their quality reviews. For example, in case a Google user writes 50+ quality reviews, then he or she will have an access to a private Google+ community and get invitations for special events in select cities. And if case a user offers more than 200 reviews, he or she will be entitled to be showcased on the “Local Guides” official Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. “Guides” may also host exclusive Meetups, also moderate Google+ communities.

Around a month ago, Google introduced “Local Guides” through a Google+ post. However, as per the reports, now the feature has been released to the Google Maps app.

Yelp a similar kind of program rewards their users with exclusive badges for their reviews, invites to parties and other gifts also through “Yelp Elite”. If you compare “Local Guides” with “Yelp”, Local Guides seem to be more handy for users, you can sign up to take a part in the program as far as you have an office Google+ account.

Local Guides program is a precious addition to the space as it can boost up a few Google centric opportunities like Google Hangouts and Google+. Undoubtedly, this newly launched rewards program is positioning Google as a strong competitor for other reviewer programs like Foursquare or Yelp Elite. Google keeping hopes that the program will boost up the local coverage, video and photography for worldwide businesses.  An interesting part of this program is the task of hosting local events is on the users. The businesses are forbidden from offering benefits to the community, though a lot of users might find a value back in their early access o their menus or openings.

It seems that developers may be able to drag the reviews into mobile shopping apps for search purposes. The expectation is this rewards program will not just boost up the volume, but also the quality of reviews to confirm utility and overall access of the service.  Earlier, Google ran alike program named “City Experts”, whose members will be automatically shifted to “Local Guides”.

92% Of Smartphone Users Use Google Apps!

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Whether, you are in love with Google or scared of it, no one can deny with the fact that search engine is one of the most leading forces in the online world. As per the latest research, 92% of smartphones use Google apps.

Do you know, why Google plays a primary role? It’s quite easy to answer. Google is not just an effective, fast, and easy to use search engine, it also carries features, which are difficult for competitors to compete with. Maps, Gmail, Play Store, YouTube and Drive are examples of first-rate apps that almost everybody uses. There is one reason behind the power of Google that it’s constantly improving and investing the network. Google desires to be ahead of everyone else. The company makes sure its apps are functions and essential.  Most prominently, Google has become one of the most identifiable brands in the world. Precisely, it’s not just a brand; it has become a verb synonymous to searching on the web.

Google’s My Maps Upgrade Coming With Good Opportunities For Businesses

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Google has unveiled upgraded My Maps features, which will replace classic Google Maps by the end of the year.

How Does Google My Maps Work?

Whenever users will land on Google’s My Maps homepage, they will instantly get driven to either open the saved map or create a new map option.

They can start finding the location-based businesses and start listing them in the maps.  Next, they can add particular locations to the created maps.

Once the users will be done with adding different locations, they can connect the maps to create a route and also find out the exact distance between the locations.

The ability to mention descriptions of locations and images is the most interesting feature of Google My Maps. At present, users cannot put the images but they can enter particular URLs and search Google images.

Once the users complete their maps, they are allowed to share them with other users and give private access to selected users.

How does it affect the Local Search?

The feature of creating ‘experience maps’, which contains information about business, can leave a good impact on local search. This feature can prove extremely beneficial for businesses as they can attract a lot of potential users through local searches and capitalize on this opportunity for a better visibility.