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Google about to Roll Out One of the Most Awaited Features

In 2018, Google broke headlines for tracking its users location even after they disabled the sharing of location history via their privacy settings.

There were complaints against the company, stating, "Google represented that a user ‘can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.’ This simply was not true."

In the wake of receiving intense criticism over location history, Google came up with necessary adjustments which now allow users to stop the tech giant from tracking them, except for the applications in which location data is of utmost importance such as Waze and Google Maps.

In an attempt to make Google Maps even more secure and trustworthy, the company added enhanced security features related to location privacy in Android 10; to further better the services and regain the lost user trust, Google is planning to add Incognito Mode to Google Maps and the feature is said to be in testing.

Users can always put restrictions on the location data collected by Google Maps by signing out of their Google account, but it will come at the cost of their convenience, therefore, Google is planning to introduce Incognito Mode which can be turned on by the users in the same way they do it for Youtube or Google Chrome to delink the search or navigation data from their main Google account.

In order to activate Incognito Mode, users can simply choose the option from their Google account avatar and they will be informed about the app being in incognito mode by a black status bar and the marker indicating the location will turn into dark from blue to mark the change.

To enable the feature, users are recommended to install Preview Maps version 10.26 or higher and for those who are not a part of Preview Maps test group, wait until the company releases it on a wider scale.

Fake Businesses On Google Maps; WSJ Outs The List!

Per Wall Street Journal’s latest report, Google Maps is brimming with scam campaigns imitating to be genuine businesses enterprises.

As of now there has been a listing approximately of 11 Million fake businesses on Google Maps and reportedly new numbers and addresses get added every month.

Motives behind Fake Listings
·       Creating fake profiles for competitors
·       Listing wrong phone numbers and addresses for rivals
·       Impersonating legitimate businesses to lure customers in
There have been several cases in one of which a woman was swindled off by a fake company contractor by doing a terrible job and charging twice.

The identified fake listings were in turn taken down by Google in addition to adding better safeguards for the “high-risk” categories in its business listings.

Allegedly, contractors and repair services are the most common fake business up there as customers hardly take any time to dig deep into their profiles.

Last year Google had to take down over 3 million fake business accounts and disable over 150,000 profiles which were used to make them.

Over 85% of the eradicated were flagged by Google’s internal systems and over 250,000 fake accounts were reported by the consumers.

Google very well understands how important it is for the users and how deep the need runs to make it as safe as possible because people will always try to create obstructions and hence it’s committed to it.

Creating a listing on Google Maps is sort of easy. Businesses could verify their listings’ address and phone number via SMS, a phone call or even their listed location.

Google My Business is currently home to around 150 million business enterprises probably owing to the ease of joining.

Live Status for Trains, Buses, now available on Google Maps in India

Google Maps by way of tracking live traffic data and public bus schedules will now be showing live status for trains and buses and a little something for the auto-rickshaws too.

The Google application, which at the onset was merely a direction tool, now has a fresh new updated set of features.

Other than the two major modes of conveyance status and traffic tracking will now also be available for auto-rickshaws.

The Maps will now redirect the users to the live train statuses of the trains as well as travel times for buses all in real-time.

Auto-rickshaws and other modes of public transport have all been combined for suggestions in the “mixed mode”.

Information regarding the delays and total time taken for their journey according to the traffic’s situation will now be available at a click or touch away.
The bus travel times could be easily checked by simply adding the starting location and the destination on the “transit tab”.

The buses that are on time will reflect the color green and the ones running late will show in red.

The feature will be available in 10 cities of India namely, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Mysore, Pune and Surat.

The real-time train status for trains will also be shown by Google Maps including if they are running late, where users will have to enter the location of their starting and destination.

Furthermore, the auto-rickshaw and other public transports will also get directional support with this feature being initially available in Delhi and Bangalore.

The fresh features of Google Maps will also help you decide whether taking a certain kind of journey is a good option or not after analyzing the traffic scenarios and all.

Allegedly, it will assist you to a level where you’d be prompted to take an auto-rickshaw to/from a particular stand to make your journey smooth.

Departure times for transit connection and rickshaw meters are other features that Google Maps is being said to have.

Google Assistant Is All stacked Up With Loads Of New Features

Google Assistant is all up for going forward and acquiring the latest and to do that it’s absolutely set for providing its users with exceedingly awaited fresh features and integrations.

Some of these features have been on the demand list of Google Assistant’s users. Let’s check out what the fresh integrations and features are.

Interpreter Mode
Helping users to have a conversation in different languages is what Google home devices are all up for. The ‘Interpreter Mode’ will help translate in real-time and will narrate the entire translation out loud; in case of smart displays the text will also be shown on-screen.
Command: “Hey Google, be my Spanish interpreter”

Google Assistant Connect
This is an economic means and a manifesto for manufacturers so that they could add Google Assistant into their products. It is easily expandable to new devices by way of existing smart home platforms.
An e-link is provided which helps to display calendar and weather. The information is delivered via a smart speaker within the house.(already existing)

This program could be accessed by the manufacturers in late 2019.

Google Maps Integration
At last, Google Maps and Google Assistant are shaking hands. Users will now soon be able to convey their Map data such as their ETA to their friends.
Similarly, replying to text messages, adding new destinations, searching for new places on the route and so much more.
Google notes will also be synchronized with Google Assistant.

Flight Check-Ins
The most awaited feature is the flight check-in; via this inclusion, Google Assistant would help the users to easily check into their flights and access boarding passes.
Also the Assistant will send notifications regarding check-ins and other related stuff.
Command: “Hey Google, check into my flight.”

Newly Announced Devices
Google has made some really interesting announcements regarding the latest devices it’s about to launch pretty soon.
Brands like JBL, Anker, Whirlpool, and Verizon are employing Google Assistant in one way or another.
Sonos will also have Assistant pretty soon, especially Sonos Beam and Sonos One. The older models will have the Assistant via an update.
Smart displays, watches, cars and audio devices are a few on the list of devices which will have in a few weeks the Assistant’s assistance.