Google has released an update for its search and Maps app to add support for Open Location Codes (OLCs). According to The Next Web, the new feature makes it easier to find specific locations that do not have clear street addresses.
OLCs also known as plus codes are short location identifiers derived from latitude and longitude coordinates that can be encoded or decoded offline. The users can find plus codes for any location if it does not have a formal street address and share it with others so they can find them easily.
If the user’s contacts are nearby, they only need to send the last four characters to help them find their location. According to the Google, plus codes will be useful for people and businesses who have work in many parts of the world that have a high population density and poor data accuracy and address systems, as well as crisis response organizations engaged in rescue operations.
The new feature works in Google search as well as Maps apps.