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The new Google Maps tool makes “busyness” its business. This is how it works


Google Maps gets a new feature – this is how it works.

Angela Lang / CNET

Google announced on Thursday that it expanded its “busyness” feature in Google Maps app to show you live information if a place is crowded or empty. For example, if you are planning to go to the grocery store, you can see how many people are actually there.

This update comes in response to the coronavirus pandemic to help people know what to expect when they go to a public place. Google says it has expanded its functionality to more outdoor areas, such as beaches and parks, and key locations, such as grocery stores, gas stations, washbasins and pharmacies.

When the feature is available, you just need to open the Maps app on your Android or iPhone ($ 699 on Amazon) or navigate to Google Maps in your browser and move around the map until you find where you want to go. Business information will appear on the map, so you do not have to search for a specific location to see how crowded it is. It will say something like “Not busy”, “Busier than usual” or “As busy as it gets.” Google says this new Maps feature will be launched in the coming weeks.

For more Google tips, check out these six useful Google Maps tricks you did not know until today, seven hidden Gmail features and these three Google Home tips to save you from voice matching.

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