Google Maps may not even notify you if you are close to an infected person as, theoretically, the StayAwayCovid application does. However, Google is preparing a novelty that will help many users choose where they want to go for their walk.
In the middle of a pandemic, we have to choose whether it is worth leaving home. Therefore, if you leave, it is preferable to go to a place where there is not much movement. The purpose of Google Maps is to tell you how the locations and businesses are doing with regard to your movement.
Google Maps will tell you if the place you want to visit has a lot of people
If you have already seen a business in a Google Search or Google Maps, you know that it also tells you what are the busiest hours in that business. However, this update is automatic and derived from the users’ GPS.
The novelty is that business owners will be able to change the information in “Google My Business” regarding the situation in which they find themselves.
If there is room to receive more customers, they can indicate that. If there are already a lot of people, the information can also be sent for a quick update on the business “card” in Google Search and Google Maps.
Google Maps functionality has no arrival date yet
Unfortunately there is still no information on when the new functionality will reach smartphones in Portugal. First, it will certainly be tested in larger countries such as the USA and the UK.
However, this is an update that directly affects Google Business and its creators. That is, there should not be many problems in its implementation. Since it is not an automatic process, but something manual.
Google Maps Vs. StayAwayCovid
The StayAwayCovid application is generating controversy. Both in its possible obligation, and in the comment made by its developers on the Google Plaay Store.
Between Google Maps and StayAwayCovid there is not much to choose from. It would be preferable to have both. In Google Maps you can see if you can go to places with few people. The StayAwayCovid App will let you know if you have been exposed to a positive case based on your location.
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