With an aim to empower users to directly use Plus Codes addresses for their daily needs, a new feature has been launched by Google Maps. According to the latest update, Android users can use their current location to find the Plus Codes address for their home.
“Plus Codes are free, open-sourced, digital addresses that provide simple and accurate addresses for any place on Earth, including for places that don’t have accurate formal addresses. Instead of street and locality names, Plus Codes are based on latitude and longitude, and are displayed as a short sequence of numbers and letters that provide accuracy right up to the doorstep,” informs Amanda Bishop, Product Manager, Google Maps.
According to the Company, Plus Codes is being used by NGOs in India since its launch in 2018. Plus Codes also ease the discovery of and navigation to businesses.
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Use of Plus Codes ensures seamless navigation to the exact location. “When saving a ‘Home’ location on Google Maps, Android users in India will see a new “Use your current location” that uses their phone’s location to generate a Plus Code (if the location precision meets minimum thresholds,) which they can then use as their Home address. Google Maps has also added a section at the top of the ‘Saved’ tab to make it easier to retrieve, copy, and share these home addresses. The feature is currently available on Android only, with iOS following soon,” reads a blog post by Bishop.
“We piloted this feature in India a month ago, and are thrilled to share that over 300,000 users in India have already found their home’s address using Plus Codes. We are looking forward to expanding to more types of places (beyond just ‘Home’ and ’Work’), and are actively looking for opportunities to partner with e-commerce, logistics, and delivery companies, to scale up the experience to more people across the world,” adds Bishop.