If you use any of Google’s apps you will know that they constantly update its apps with tons of new features. This time, The big G is updating Maps with an ability to add videos to the places you see around.
While photos and ratings are usually a good indication of what to expect, videos will be much more fun in not only providing non-visitors a tour of places they’ve yet to visit but also for vendors and businesses to showcase what they have to offer.
How it Works?
The process is simple enough, being integrated in the “already-available” “Add a photo” option which comes up once you’ve selected a place in Maps.
Rather than simply taking and uploading a photo, users can hold the shutter key for up to 10 seconds to upload a video instead.
Upon holding, they’ll see a pop-up saying “New! Hold for video.” Alternatively, users will also be able to tag along with a 30-second video they’ve recorded previously of the place.
Limited to Local Guides
The process is only available to users in its Local Guides program. It was updated a couple of weeks back, though, a notification is being sent via email for now. As a reward, Local Guides get seven points for every video that they upload as an incentive.
However, as TechCrunch reports, Mountain View also plans to partner with businesses and encourage them to upload videos themselves showcasing their services the way they want. After all, Local Guides can only cover so much and can only give an outside-in view of places users visit.
Available on Google Maps now
The feature is already rolling out to Google Maps users across the globe. It is currently available only on Maps for Android as of now, though, it should come to other platforms sooner rather than later.
Note: You can use the feature only if you’re signed up as a Local Guide.