Wait times for some local listings, such as restaurants, are Google’s latest addition to its local search results, appearing when people view those listings in web search. Eventually, this information will appear on Google Maps, as well.
To make it quicker to perform searches using Google Maps, you might want to consider adding the site as a search engine in Chrome. This will save you having to manually visit the site before you start a search, and it’s a pretty neat option.
Gotta go? Soon you might be able to quickly pull up Google Maps to find the nearest toilet. According to IBTimes, Google is working with India’s Ministry of Urban Development to kickstart a program that will add that feature in India.
Google is now showing searchers how long they can expect to be at a specific store or venue based on the crowdsourced data they have from users who travel to specific stores.
Under the popular times section of the Google Maps local listing page, Google may show “people typically spend X minutes here.” The estimate is either a single number, like 15 minutes, or it may be a range of minutes, e.g., between 15 and 45 minutes.
The iOS update to Google Maps adds a few new features, including the previously reported dedicated ride services tab. It also integrates recent Google Map lookups and saved places into Apple’s Spotlight Search.
Conduct a search in Google Maps on the iPhone and save/star a location. Then open Spotlight; swipe right from the home screen. As you type, saved or previously searched locations appear near the top of results. Below are a few screens showing how it looks.