Google Maps has over the years gained many users by introducing specific features which include real-time transit information in select regions, apart from the ability to warn its users if they were going to a place which would be probably closed by the time they reach there.
Now, the app has upgraded another feature, the Popular Times with the ability to show real-time data that will point out how popular a place is ‘right now’.
With the season for gift-giving, spending more time with family and friends, and not to forget the delicious dinners is already here, it also means that it is the season of travel planning, crowded holiday shopping, and of course entertaining the family. Well, with Google here out to help in navigating the right places, there is probably less or reason to fear about the seasonal stress.
Google for Crowd Control
Since the time the Popular Times feature was introduced last year in Google Search and Google Maps, typically checking how busy a place could be at different times of the week has become damn easy. At a time when the public is going crazy with the Black Friday swarms, Google is adding a real-time look at how crowded a place could be right now so that it helps the user to decide where and when to go out for shopping. Whether you’re rushing to pick up a last minute gift or seeking a lively bar for some festive spirit, The users can have a sneak preview of what is expected when they arrive at a particular place by using the Popular Times feature, which is probably a boon for the people who are rushing to pick up last minute gifts or even for the people who are looking for a lively bar to enhance the festive spirit. The regular Popular Times graph will now feature a Live tag.
Google for Time Management
Well, if it is time to play host for the day, the users can check to see how long the people will typically be staying at a given location, by which they can chalk out a way so that they can plan their itinerary to the minute. After all, it is important to leave enough time for enjoying a cup of hot chocolate at the local sweets shop before heading towards the dinner reservations.
The Service Hours of Departments
Many stores, restaurants, and businesses sometimes have multiple hours of duty at different departments and for special services. Now, with Google, the users will be able to have access to all these discrete hours. So now, the users will know the right time to stop by the pharmacy at the local drugstore or to the supermarket, and for those who are not looking forward to cook for the day can know the exact time when food delivery will start at a nearby restaurant, and also those who are planning on hitting the road to see their family can know what the service hours are at the auto dealership to check the brakes of the car.
All these tips can be availed from the smartphone by just making a few taps on Google Search and Google Maps. So, it is time to eat, shop, and be merry in this festive season.
It can be confirmed that the updated Popular Times feature is not available yet in the latest versions of the Google Search app and Google Maps app, currently in many countries. However, it is expected that the feature will roll out gradually to the users of Google Maps and to Google Search, on a global platform.