Location Aware Search lets you ask Google about places around you

Have you ever been vacationing in a new city, and had questions about a specific building or monument that you were standing in front of? Before we would have to pull out our phones, and use the Google app to try and figure out the answer to whatever we wanted to know. Then you had to worry about spelling everything correctly, which for some, is a task in itself.

Google has quietly rolled out a new feature called Location Aware Search that allows you to use voice commands within the Google Search app to find out different pieces of information. For example, you are standing in front of the St. Johns Cathedral, and want to know when it was built. Open up Google and just ask “When was this building built?” and Google will provide you the answer.

Location Aware Search doesn’t rely on any specifics other than where you currently are. Meaning that you don’t need to be anymore specific than using phrases like “this place” or “this monument”. Google showed off Location Aware Search earlier in the week at the SMX Paris conference.

Some other examples of phrases that Google will recognize when using Location Aware Search are:

  • What is this museum?
  • When does this restaurant open?
  • How tall is this? (when standing next to a tower)
  • When was this built? (for monuments)
  • What’s the name of this church?
  • What’s the phone number for this pharmacy?

Not only can Location Aware Search be handy while you’re vacationing, but there are obvious use-cases for when it would be useful in your every day life. You can now just simply find out information on your local grocers or your favorite stores, without having to do anything but using your voice.

Let us know what you think about Location Aware Search in the comments below. If you get a few minutes today, go ahead and give a whirl and see how well Google’s latest search feature works.

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