Google introduces Plus Codes and six indic languages for voice guided navigation in India

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Google is the leader in the online segment, and probably has a product for almost all your needs, including services for calendar, cloud storage, email, instant messaging, navigation, and much more. Google Maps is undeniably the best mapping, location, and navigation platform that’s available in India, and the company has been constantly improving it for the Indian market. The company has now introduced Plus Codes for Google Maps. This location-based digital addressing system comprises of a 6-character plus city format that is available for anyone to share, search or generate.

The conception of the “Plus Codes” is the result of half of the world’s urban population living on unidentified streets. This open source solution can be incorporated into any app featuring location services. To get started with the Plus Codes, enter them as a search query on Google or simply put them on Google maps. This, in turn, will show you the location. The system is based on the division of the geographical surface of the Earth into tiny “tiled areas”, each attributed to a unique code.


Google Maps Six Codes: Is it replacing local addresses in a nerdy way?

Not really! Google doesn’t want you to mistake the format for a replacement of street addresses. This system is built keeping the areas that not identified conventionally. It is Google’s way of dealing with these areas with a variety of purposes like the postal system of Cape Verde in Africa. Here, the Plus Codes help deliver mails.

Google also introduced a feature called  ‘Add an Address’ which enables users to submit new or missing addresses. The address becomes searchable after a formal verification. Will it cover all the unnamed addresses and reach a precise location? Probably. If not, Google has a back up under the name of  ‘The Smart Address Search’ which will dissect all the pieces of information and come up with landmarks around. This will help the user make a better hunch.

Google Maps: Voice navigation in 6 additional Indic languages

Google is also introducing voice navigation in six additional Indian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. This will help more Indian consumers, especially the ones from rural areas, in getting started with digital voice navigation.


In the words of Suren Ruhela, Director, Google Maps Next Billion Users,

It doesn’t stop there — India continues to inspire us and pushes us to reimagine what Maps can do for people. And we are just getting started as we continue to build features and expand our partnerships to make the Google Maps experience more comprehensive, accurate, and reliable for our users.”


Gargi’s inclination towards gadgets developed over the four years that she invested on her Electronics and Communication degree. She last worked at HeyMojo Inc., where she lead the product marketing team and designed chatbots for the top QSRs around the world. Currently, she is a regular contributor at MySmartPrice and plans on enlightening readers with interesting news on smartphones and telecom industry. Oh, and did we forget to mention that she is also a growth hacker.