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Technology Google Maps update lets you know which businesses are affected by coronavirus

20:25  12 march  2020
20:25  12 march  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Google Maps for iOS and Android is getting a makeover

  Google Maps for iOS and Android is getting a makeover Google Maps was launched 15 years ago this week (in beta, of course). Not surprisingly, Google is using this as an opportunity to launch a few new updates to its massive mapping service. For starters, Maps has a new icon, a four-color take on the location "pin" that has been part of Google Maps for years now. More meaningful to users though are some changes to the Google Maps app that make it a bit simpler and smarter. The main thing you'llThe main thing you'll notice in the app is a five-icon navigation system down at the bottom of the screen, like so many apps have now.

As more people carefully consider whether to leave home or not, Google Maps is updating its app to keep users up to date on any changes businesses affected by COVID-19.

Business owners can update their Google My Business profile to change their business hours, update their description, as well as extra services, delays or precautions the business might have. Restaurants and stores can also provide the phone number to best reach them in if they have multiple locations, according to a post in Google’s My Business support page.

Google Maps is getting a new look

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“We may review your changes for quality before publishing them, so the changes may not immediately be available on Google Search and Maps,” reads the post.

The app also offers the feature Posts, where businesses can share more detailed and timely updates about what’s going on with the business. Owners can directly communicate with customers on a regular basis as the business changes.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Google Maps update lets you know which businesses are affected by coronavirus

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