Is the store crowded? Google Maps now lets you check it in real-time

Its getting harder and harder for the other navigation apps to keep up with Google Maps


Google Maps gets another awesome update, just in time for the famed Black Friday shopping craze – the ability to check how crowded a particular store is in real-time!

Google has announced the new feature will be available under the Popular Times section in Google Search and Maps that was introduced last year. Popular Times was already an very useful feature and with the addition of real-time information, its getting harder and harder for the other navigation apps to keep up with Google Maps (looking at you, Apple).

With the new Google Maps update, now you can check how crowded the store is in real-time!
With the new Google Maps update, now you can check how crowded the store is in real-time!

“Crowd Control” wasn’t the only new feature that Google announced with the update – Google Maps gets two other features.

Time Management

Google Maps is now officially indulging the control freak in us, with Time Management, you can know plan your itinerary to the minute by checking how long people typically spend at a given location. It’s probably the same data that is used for Popular Times but it is indeed interesting that Google believes that this is a feature people would actually use! So that’s 25 minutes at the Starbucks, before you head to Museum for 3 hours before heading to your dinner at the local restaurant – information that your Google Maps app has planned for you.

Department and service hours

With Google Maps, it was always easy to know the store timings but in the rare case that a store/business had different times for different departments and services you were on your own. With the latest update, Google has you covered. Now its possible to see the timing for their services as well. So the next time you needed to know until when the pharmacy section in the supermarket is open, you can simply Google it!

SOURCEGoogle Blog
I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.


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