Google recently launched Suggest for Google Maps in several countries, and has now expanded the availability of the feature to ten more domains. The feature has also gotten some improvements.
The suggestions in Google Maps now include more information like the address of the business or the district that a place is in. "This extra information helps you find and select the exact business or location you’re seeking," say Engineer Steffen Meschkat and Product Manager Peter Lidwell.
"As a team based in our Zürich office, we understand the importance of getting information that is locally relevant," the pair says. "We’ve built this knowledge into Suggest for Google Maps so that you get the most useful suggestions depending on where you’re zoomed into on the map. For example, if you search for ‘Mandela’ in San Francisco, you’ll see items such as Mandela High School and businesses in nearby Oakland."
Those who are signed into their Google accounts and have their web history enabled can also see their personalized suggestions, based on past searches.
The suggestions feature is currently available to Google Maps users in China, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, United States, and the United Kingdom. Google says it’s looking to expand it worldwide soon.