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New York/Canadian-Media: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes, including business closures and updated hours for restaurants and stores.
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It has been ensured by Google has ensured that necessary changes to over 200 million places on their Maps application can be done any users with a Google account. Local Guides, a community of 150 million users around the globe who contribute to Maps updates are a newer development within Maps.
Maps experience has further been made easier for the users by Google's creation of a way for users to learn more about place options. This can be done by exploring an assortment of photos, reviews and updates about locations from all over the world.
For example, Android phone users can now use the Contribute tab in Maps to join the "Local Love Challenge" and write ratings and reviews as well as place location confirmations. The current goal stands at 100,000 recorded businesses. The Maps team plans to use the Local Love Challenge toward updating data on locations for countries covered in the future.
Another feature that would be added by the Maps team in the coming weeks is photo updates to share recent photos of visited places, which will facilitate users insight into not only a business's appearance and location but also the street view and various traffic conditions nearby.
For participation in photo updates, users can navigate to the Updates tab when viewing a place and select "upload a photo update". All users may upload as many photos as they wish as well as view any photos left by others in the Updates section.
In addition, routes within the Maps app can be revised by selecting the "Edit the map" feature and reporting a "Missing Road". Users of the can also add missing roads by drawing lines, change road directions, rename roads and delete or realign incorrectly named roads, inform the Maps team about road closures along with details such as dates and reasons.
In order to ensure the accuracy of user-provided data prior to publication, the team at Google will assess all updates made by the user.
While the updates feature is already available in over 80 countries, the new location photo features will become available over the coming months.