Users will also contribute useful information about locations and roads to Google Maps in three new ways. Google Maps is adding three new features that enable users to contribute useful content with others, including the option to post images without leaving a review.
The new Google Maps features introduced today aim to make it easier to share and discover local tips, and a new group competition will make the experience more enjoyable. Google Maps is about to have a new content form called photo notifications.
Photo notifications allow users to post the latest images of their interactions and highlights without having to leave a review. A photo update is a recent photograph of a location accompanied by a brief text summary. Pick the pictures and include a brief summary. In a single photo update, users can upload as many images as they want. Other people’s photo updates can be found in the same Updates page.
Users will be able to submit images of a location without having to write a review for the first time as this functionality launches in the coming weeks. This makes photo sharing on Google Maps more relaxed, similar to how photographs are shared on social media.
The addition of photo notifications could result in an explosion of user uploads for locations and businesses.
Those pictures could be helpful to some when choosing where to go next.
User can now draw Roads on Google Maps
Users of Google Maps will soon be able to report route improvements by using a desktop editing app to draw new or broken routes. When a path is absent in the laptop edition of Maps, pick “Edit the map” from the side menu.
Select “Missing Path” from the drop-down menu and start editing by drawing lines. Users may be able to rename roads, adjust road directionality, and realign or erase incorrect roads using the road editing app.
Users will tell Google whether a road is blocked by entering dates, explanations, and directions in the road editor.
Before being uploaded, Google will review all user edits to a lane.
Community Challenge by Google Maps
Over the next few months, this capability will be rolled out to all 80 countries that already allow users to report road alerts. Google is testing a new group challenge feature in Maps that seeks to inspire further feedback, photographs, and alerts from users around the country.
For the next month, the group competition will be available on Android in the United States. Users will join the challenge by going to the Contribute tab and choosing the “Join the Local Love challenge” choice. Each donation would help us reach our collective target of upgrading 100,000 companies in one month. The input from this competition would assist in the development of future campaigns in more countries.