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New Google Now feature will help reduce waiting time at restaurants


Its on the Android app and searches within the Chrome and Safari apps on iOS for millions of places and businesses worldwide.

You might want to check Google the next time you try to beat morning rush at the coffee shop. It has rolled out a new search feature that allows you to see when a specific business is most likely to be busy.

Location cards in Google searches now show ‘popular time’, along with the business’ address, phone number and hours. The section, which is based on ‘historical visits to this place’, provides an overview of when a location is likely to be busiest based on previous activity.

To find the info, customers search for a restaurant, store or other business to bring up its location card. They select ‘more about’ at the bottom of the card to see the ‘popular times’ panel and can swipe through the panel to see how its foot traffic is likely to vary throughout the week, hour-by hour. The graph doesn’t provide specific numbers, but rather shows which times and days are busiest relative to one another.

The feature is available now from Google’s Android app and from searches within the Chrome and Safari apps on iOS. Google says it has enabled the feature for millions of places and businesses around the world.

Source: Mashable

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