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Google launches new tools to improve finding Indian addresses on Google Maps

Google launches new tools to improve finding Indian addresses on Google Maps

India has over 300 million smartphone users, we are sending probes to the Moon and Mars, and our economy is only behind United States and China in terms of scale. However, there are times when a certain address just doesn't show up on Google Maps for myriad reasons. Instead, an area code will be added to the beginning of the plus code, like 7GXHX4HM+3C, says the Goole Maps team. Adding more locations on Google Maps is supposed to make it easier for users to search for them.

India is a country, where residential address formats vary in terms of regions and localities.

"Millions of people and places in India are hard to locate - especially those in remote areas. We are deeply committed to helping find solutions to these challenges", Ruhela added. This code simply comprises a "6-character + City" format that can be generated, shared and searched by anyone - all that's needed is Google Maps on a smartphone. Google on Tuesday launched "Plus Codes", an open source solution that assigns unique codes to different locations.

Plus codes work in places that haven't been mapped.

Other benefits pointed out by Google state that "Plus Codes" is free of any licensing codes, that they will work regardless of whether user is online or offline, that the system independent of borders - ensuring that it works in "disputed territories", that they can be printed as a grid on paper and finally, that it's not limited to the internet or digital devices. It specifically excels in areas not serviced by conventional identifiers, with a variety of other possible uses.The postal system of Cape Verde in Africa already supports plus codes for delivering mail.

A Plus Code is 10 characters long, with a plus sign before the last two characters.

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To find the plus code of a random location on the earth, tap and hold that location to drop a pin. The local code in such cases is combined with nearest city or town to make it simpler. An additional accuracy of up to 3 x 3 meters can be achieved.

As a result, Agra gets a Plus Code of 52GR+2V, and Taj Mahal gets a code of 7JVW52GR+2V. The codes can be generated, shared and searched by anyone by entering into the search field on Google or Google Maps.

Google wants to make the Maps app for Android and iOS more relevant to users in India. While some addresses are well-defined by street names and house numbers that are easy to find, others can be long-winded and hard to locate. Being able to precisely navigate without local knowledge is hard. Places are changing rapidly with constructions and flyovers, the landmark you once used to explain your address can disappear overnight.

The applications of Plus Codes goes beyond just locating a friend or a tourist destination.

Google has introduced a new feature called "Add an Address" which allows users to contribute to Maps experience.

"To solve the issue of addresses, Google has introduced a new "open sourced solution" with the name 'Plus Codes". According to the company, it is an innovative approach to provide the best estimate of the location of an address.


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