Google Maps' voice navigation now available in 6 new Indian languages

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These Plus codes can come in handy for a wide variety of reasons for instance- while communicating the venue of a temporary event, guiding emergency services to afflicted locations, or providing an identifiable location for complicated addresses.In an another step aimed at facilitating accurate and easy searching on Maps, Google has introduced an "Add an Address" feature. Along with it, Google has also introduced voice navigation support in six additional Indian languages that include Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. 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.

According to Google, Plus Codes are based on latitude and longitude - the grid that can be used to describe every point on the planet.


The company advised people to avoid including personal details or names while adding an address. They are unique in format, and vary across regions, localities, and use cases. Plus Codes actually divide the geographical area of the earth into tiny tile like boxes and then designates unique codes for all the boxes.

With these features, Google intends to hit the right spot for the growth of technology in India, as Plus Codes integration in business will help them grow whereas the native voice navigation will be a boon Indians all over.


So for better assistance, Google will try to piece together the searched address and try to understand it based on landmarks, and will eventually give the user a closer location to the address rather than not showing anything at all. "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 said in a statement. The other reality is that millions of people and places in India are hard to locate - especially those in remote areas. And Google, like always, believes they have figured out a new solution for this problem, and it is called Plus Codes. "We are deeply committed to helping find solutions to these challenges". The company has now introduced Plus Codes for Google Maps. The Plus codes feature - a renaming of the Open Location code which has been live since 2014 - is open-source and open to third-party apps and services to use. So, the next time you are using Google Maps, make sure you use all these features.

Open the Google Maps app and head over to a location on the map that you want to use with Google Plus Codes. The navigation in Hindi was launched three years back.


Additionally, Google is now making it simpler to search for addresses in India, with a new Smart Address Search. The innovative approach provides the best estimate of the location of an address, when people aren't aware of an exact address.

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