Have a Burning Question? Ask Google Maps or Search

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Google is rolling out an update to two of its products — Google Maps and Google Search — which enables users to access the ‘Question & Answers’ section in either of them. Users can either ask questions here, scroll through already answered questions and even answer other people’s questions.

The new Question and Answer feature is being rolled out for Google Maps on Android and mobile Search app.

Quora is another such app that is both popular and highly resourceful when it comes to people’s burning questions about anything and everything and mostly well-informed answers.

Google is planning to bring out something similar but is working towards ensuring the relevance of the questions and accuracy of the answers. So, basically Quora, with a geolocation twist.

“When deciding where to go and what to do, we often ask ourselves lots of questions before making a decision. Soon, you’ll be able to ask those questions, get the answers you need, and even answer other people’s questions about places on Google Maps for Android and mobile Search,” the company stated.

How to Use the Question & Answer Feature?

Fire up your Google Maps or Google Search app and simply search for the location over there. Then open the local business listing.

Scroll down and find the ‘Questions & Answers’ sub-head. Click on ‘See all questions’ and you’ll be redirected to a new page that’ll show you all the questions pertaining to that area and at the top has a box ‘Ask the community’ where you can input questions that you have.

You can also answer someone else’s questions, upvote the informative answers by giving a tap on the ‘thumbs-up’ icon.

“No matter where you’re headed or what you’re looking to do, Google Maps and Search highlights the information you need to make quick decisions and discover the world around you,” Google added.

Business owners will be able to add Frequently Asked Questions alongwith their answers.

Whenever a question is asked, the concerned business owner and other active users who are probably in the know-how of things around that place are notified. They can then provide useful inputs and when the question is answered, the person who put it up will be notified too.

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