Technology Google Maps update lets you know which businesses are affected by coronavirus
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
Google Maps is getting a new look
Google is giving its popular Maps app a redesign and new features for its 15th birthday. © Thomas Trutschel/Photothek/Getty Images BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 27: The Logo of Google Maps is displayed on a smartphone on November 27, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images) The tweaks to the app, announced in a blog post Thursday, put greater emphasis on discovery and recommendations with three new tabs on the bottom of the screen: "Saved," "Contribute" and "Updates." The "Commute" and "Explore" tabs will remain, while the "For You" button will be removed.
Dine out or eat in?
“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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Franck Riester contaminated by Coronavirus: what are the measures taken to protect Emmanuel Macron?This Monday March 9, the Minister of Culture Franck Riester announced to be contaminated by the Coronavirus. The opportunity to question the measures taken to protect Emmanuel Macron in the midst of an epidemic.
The number of people infected with Coronavirus is constantly increasing.A vigilance protocol has been put in place , As announced by his cabinet, the 46-year-old politician tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, March 9. Invited on the set of BFM TV in the evening, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran wanted to be reassuring and said that his counterpart was "confined to his home" and "not very symptomatic". "He is a little feverish, with his ENT signs like those that" have been mentioned since the beginning of the epidemic.
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