Google’s Mobile “Near Me Now” Feature

You can now search on google.com on your iPhone or Android powered phone using your location as the query. To use this feature you just click “Near me now” once your phone has picked up your location.

The “Near me now” feature was created with two goals in mind. The first was to make it as quick and easy to find more information about a place in the users current location. This could be used to find reviews on a restaurant or to see what items are on the menu. By selecting the “Explore right here” option, you can find out more about a place “right here” with just a few clicks.

The second goal of the “Near me now” feature was to make searching for popular categories in the nearby location as simple as possible. If you are looking for a coffee shop or bank around you, just simply search for any nearby with “Near me now”.

“Near me now” is currently available in the US for iPhone (OS 3.x) or Android-powered devices with version 2.0.1 or later. You must first enable location in order for “Near me now” to appear, and “Explore right here” works only if the phone provides location accuracy within approximately a city block.

- Make sure that Allow use of device location is enabled in your google settings. To do this simply click on settings at the bottom of the google homepage from you phone. Also ensure that mobile is selected and not classic.

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