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Google Maps Allows Users to Add Public Events: Here’s How It Works

Google Maps Allows Users to Add Public Events: Here’s How It Works

Photo Credit: Android Police

Highlights
  • Google Maps gets public event creation, rolls out in few regions
  • It is available only in Android for now, may come to iPhone soon
  • Users can edit the event, and even delete it whenever they want to

Google Maps for Android has now introduced the ability to add a public event on the navigation app. The Contribute Tab on its Android app now has the option to add a public event, letting businesses and event managers publicise their next gig, without having to shell out any money. This feature is live in some regions, and the event takes 30 minutes to become live on Google Maps after you've added it. Furthermore, the feature is only available on Android for now.

The new ‘Events' feature was spotted by Android Police first. Google has also updated its support page to reflect details about the new feature. The support page says that the feature may not be available in all regions. To add an event, head to Google Maps on Android, tap on Contribute >Events > Add a public event. You can add an event name, tag the location, and add the time and date of the event as well. There's an option to add an image, write more event details, and add description as well. Android Police reports that it had issues while adding an image to the event.

Once the event is saved, the creator can later edit it as well, by heading to Contribute >Events >Select your event >Edit this event. Furthermore, you can also delete the event by clicking Contribute >Events >Edit this event >Delete this event. There's no word on when this feature will be available in all regions globally, or when Google plans to roll it out for iPhone users. At the time of writing, we weren't able to spot the feature in the Android app.

Separately, Google has also reintroduced the city, state, and country borders on Maps for Android. The feature was removed without any warning a few months ago, but it seems to have made a comeback, with Android Police spotting it first. The borders show up when a user types broad searches like a city, or a state, or a country. Earlier, the borders were highlighted with grey, but now, the area that you search is highlighted with red. The report says that this feature is showing up in version 10.12.1, but it's not consistent. In some searches, the feature showed a pin, while in some the new outline features showed up. We aren't able to see the new outline feature yet in our updated app.

Earlier this month, Google Maps rolled out a feature that let users report accidents and speed traps while navigating to their destinations.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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