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Google Maps Welcomes Local Suggestions

by Winston Sih | April 29, 2010April 29, 2010 4:30 pm PDT

The latest move from Google is to help you more easily find businesses right around the block.

Google announced on Thursday that they will begin to spread local search suggestions in Google Maps to more parts of the world.  Users will be able to type in a kind of business and/or a city name in the “Search Maps” field, and Google will offer suggestions for places based on the entered location.

For example, you can type in “Toronto” and “Italian” and Google will filter up suggestions for Italian restaurants in Toronto.

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Google will keep track of your activity in Google Maps and will display results from previous searches if you’re signed into Google. The company has already been testing the said suggestion feature of Google Maps in Germany, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The new feature will now be available in Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, United States and United Kingdom.  It will be rolled out in eight languages and Google claims it plans to deliver the feature to the rest of the world soon.


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