Plus Codes: Google Maps launches own version of zipcodes for Indian addresses

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Plus Codes: Google Maps launches own version of zipcodes for Indian addresses

This code simply comprises a "6-character + City" format that can be generated, shared and searched by anyone, which is all that's needed is Google Maps on a smartphone.

Google Plus codes feature - a renaming of the Open Location code which has been live since 2014 - is open-source and open to third-party apps and services to use. With Plus Codes, a new location-based digital addressing system, Google wants to make it easier to fill in places that are not already on Google Maps. This address will be searchable and visible to all users on Maps. Google noted that Plus Codes could be used for a variety of reasons, including communicating the venue of a temporary event, guiding emergency services to afflicted locations, and providing an identifiable location for complicated addresses. At the bottom, you will notice an address or a plus code.

Plus Codes turns long addresses into 10-digit alpha-numeric codes, making it easier for users to share.

It works offline and on print when overlaid as a grid on existing maps. Well, not anymore, as Google has introduced Plus Codes on Google Maps in India.

You can simply Google the copied Plus code or paste it on Google Maps to find direction to that address.

Where to find Plus Codes for your address. A form with tabs including Address, City, State, and PIN code will be made available to add the relevant address. So, this might create confusion for some. Anyone can generate a Plus code for a place which doesn't have an address and then share the code with friends on social media or messenger apps.

Having said that, apart from introducing Plus Codes on Google Maps in India, Google has also introduced 'Add an Address' feature that lets users add missing addresses to the Maps.

"Add an Address" is yet another unique step that allow the users to submit new or missing addresses through this feature. And yes, users do get Local Guides points for each valid submission on the platform.

Suren noted that understanding addresses, especially in the Indian context, has always been a relentless pursuit for Google. Places are changing rapidly with constructions and flyovers, the landmark you once used to explain your address can disappear overnight. 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". It includes support for six more Indian languages (Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu) in voice navigation, real-time traffic updates based on large-scale real-time events and the option to find addresses more easily.

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