Google’s new location aware search feature lets you ask for information about nearby places
Ever wonder how tall a building is whenever you’re standing by it? This new Google feature will help you.
Life just got a bit easier with Google’s latest update to its search box. Starting today, if you search from a GPS enabled device, Google will spit out information about a location without you ever having to tell it where you are.
Let’s say for example you’re sitting at a bar waiting for a friend to get there, and as always, they call looking for the address. With this new update, all you have to do is ask “what’s the address here” and Google will provide you with the information you’re looking for.
Here’s a list of some of the other known commands:What is this museum?
- When does this restaurant open?
- How tall is this? (when standing next to a tower)
- When was this built? (for monuments)
- What’s the name of this church?
- What’s the phone number for this pharmacy?
Check it out in action below:
Location Aware Search is live unannounced feature in Google Search App. Ask about things nearby without naming them pic.twitter.com/ML7APC6Msc
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) June 9, 2015
The feature isn’t available for everyone just yet, the update is slowly being rolled out to users in multiple countries. At this point, it’s still uncertain if this is just a test, or a feature Google plans to keep in place.