Google Maps for Android learns to warn you when your destination is about to close

Maybe you’re headed to that one store on the other side of town that carries the soda you crave, or planning to pop out for a late-night bite at a restaurant down the road – in either case, Google Maps is well equipped to point you in the right direction. But even if the app can get you there, there’s little worse than arriving at your destination only to find out that it’s closed. Luckily, the latest update to Google Maps for Android is set up to help prevent that from happening, gaining the ability to warn you when you’re not likely to reach a business or attraction before it’s closed for the day.

Working off its database of location hours, estimated travel time, and the current time at which you request directions, Google Maps will now display a warning if your destination will probably be closed by the time you arrive.

While that sounds like a fantastic addition to the app’s feature set, we’d caution that a little double-checking might be in order: there’s always the risk that the hours Google has on hand for a location may be in need of updating, and plenty of shops have a habit of closing up for the night a little early if business is already slowing down. None of this is to diminish the useful heads-up the app now provides, but calling ahead first might still be a wise idea.

Source: Google
Via: Android Police

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