Google has launched a plus code for its Maps in India with an objective to make it easier for users to find and share addresses. Plus Codes is based on an open source solution that assigns unique codes to different locations. The tech giant is also adding voice navigation search in six additional Indian languages such as - Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam for the Android app.
Plus Codes are based on dividing the geographical surface of the Earth into tiny tiled areas, attributing a unique code to each of them. This code simply comprises a six character + City name format that can be generated, shared and searched by anyone who uses the Google Maps app. Plus codes are free to use forever.
Google Maps will try to use all the pieces of information in the address with the smart address search feature, and provide options for landmarks and points of interest that the user can easily identify.
Google also introduced add an addressing feature that allows the users to submit new or missing addresses and it will be verified and made for searchable in due course by Google.