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Google Maps brings Plus codes to India, adds voice navigation in six new Indian languages

Voice navigation will be available in six additional languages - Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. The service is already supported with the language Hindi, introduced three years ago.

If you want to see the Plus Code location: "-When you receive the Plus Code, copy it to your clipboard -Open Google Search, paste it and hit search -In the result, tap on the location and voila Similarly you can paste it in Google Maps" search bar itself and see the location.

This system works by dividing the geographical surface of Earth into tiny tiled areas that each have a unique code - called Plus Code. Users would need to feed the code into the Search tab of Google and Google Maps for the location to show up. To get started with the Plus Codes, enter them as a search query on Google or simply put them on Google maps. This open source solution can be incorporated into any app featuring location services.

We are all too familiar with the hassles of scouting for an address, especially so on chaotic Indian streets.

Another feature aimed at offering accurate and easy searching on Maps is "Add an Address". Google India will verify the location first and will make sure those address is searchable.

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This system will make it easier for users to assign an easy, identifiable location for any complicated address.

Additionally, Google is now making it simpler to search for addresses in India, with a new Smart Address Search. Plus codes are free to use, forever. This is an innovative approach to providing the best estimate of the location of an address: "when people aren't aware of an exact address, they just don't give up but try to refer other information such as a nearby landmark, business or a locality to get closer to the final destination". "We are deeply committed to helping find solutions to these challenges", Suren Ruhela, director, Google Maps Next Billion Users, said. Maps in India has supported Plus codes for some months now, and these will now be reflected in addresses and businesses as well. Users get Local Guides points for each valid submission.

Apart from that, Google has also introduced 'Smart Address Search' which uses different pieces of information in an address to help users find the location they are looking for.

"With Plus Codes we are not saying that people are going to stop using their address over night".

While we pay homage to Google for bringing us the greatest search engine ever made and for developing Android OS into what it is today, the company has done so much more. Given their unique format which varies across regions, localities, and use cases, the reality remains that millions of people and places in India are hard to locate (more so in remote areas).

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