Google Search for Mobile has introduced a new feature, Near Me Now, which makes it fast and easy to find out more about a place in your immediate vicinity, whether you’re standing right in front of a business or if it’s just a short walk away. If you’ve got an Android-powered phone or iPhone, you can try out “Near Me Now” and get the list of local points of interest such as restaurants, bars, and ATMs near your current location.
Google “Near me now” is designed to help users find out more about what’s around them and to make it easier to conduct certain popular searches, like searches for coffee shops and ATMs. “Near me now” search option is available to those accessing Google’s mobile search page through an Android browser or iPhone.
“Near me now” is currently available in the US for iPhone or Android-powered devices with version 2.0.1 or later.
In order to use “Near me now”, Google mobile search users must first allow their mobile device to access location data, which is done through the Settings link toward the bottom of Google’s mobile search page.
The “Near me now” link will appear below the search button on the Google mobile search page. Clicking on that link will return a list of local points of interest, including restaurants, coffee shops, bars, banks and ATMs.
An “Explore right here” drop down menu provides fast access to local businesses in the user’s vicinity. The “Explore right here” option works only if the user’s phone provides sufficiently accurate location data. The feature also serves to make phone interaction easier by minimizing the need to type text.