- Apple expanded the Nearby feature to India that would allow users to find grocery stores, medical shops, restaurants, etc near them.
- Google Maps had introduced the feature in India long ago.
- Apple Maps has made the feature available in 30 other countries.
Apple is following the footsteps of Google as the company recently made the Nearby feature available to users in India. The company expanded the Nearby feature to India that would allow users to find grocery stores, medical shops, restaurants, etc near them. The feature was initially available in the US.
This feature isn't new to the Indian users as Google was the first to introduce the Nearby feature in the country and it has been around for long. Now with Apple introducing the feature in India, a lot of Apple Maps users can rely on the app for the places around them. However, Google still remains way ahead of Apple Maps with an easy interface and more features.
When you click on the Nearby tab available on the Apple Maps, you would be able to find the establishments near you including the restaurants, delivery centers, grocery shops, hospitals, medical shops, petrol pumps, and shopping malls.
Along with India, Apple Maps has made the feature available in 30 other countries including Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Macau, Mexico, Montserrat, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam
Earlier in January, Apple had introduced the much-awaited turn-by-turn navigation feature in India. Just like Google, the feature lets users move from one place to another. There are two modes available including the Drive and Walk modes. The app provides the usual details including the Estimated time of arrival and the distance between your location and destination. Apple claims to suggest the fastest route to the users just like how Google functions.
With Apple introducing all these features, Google might face stiff competition. However, considering there are more Android users in India than iOS, Google Maps would still be the preferred choice.
Interestingly, Google Maps has now made it simpler for its users to find COVID-19 testing centers. The company on Friday announced that now users can search COVID-19 testing centers on Google Search, Google Assistant, and Google Maps. Google has joined hands with the Indian Council of Medical Research and MyGov to provide the details of authorized testing labs to users. The feature is currently available in English and other regional languages including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarati.