The introduction of this feature in India is an attempt made to compete with Google Maps in India
which is more interactive and has plenty of features.
Apple has expanded its ‘Nearby’ feature to all those who are using the Apple Maps app in India.
There has been no public announcement about the same but there is a mention about the same in
the ‘Nearby’ feature page for Maps in the ‘iOS and ipadOS feature availability’ website.
What this essentially means is that this feature essentially will now allow Apple Maps users to see
nearby grocery shops, food delivery locations, petrol pumps, ATMs and a lot more. Now, this feature
has been part of Google Maps since years. The introduction of this feature in India is an attempt
made to compete with Google Maps in India which is more interactive and has plenty of features.
Google search has also introduced a ‘Testing Centres’tab in its search so which means that every
time a user punches in any keyword associated with COVID-19, the location of the testing centre will
be displayed in results.
This expansion comes soon after Apple made its ‘Real-time transit’ available to several more
countries. These new countries include Canada, England, the Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden and
Wales. Also, some areas of China, Australia and the United States have been included in the areas
which this feature has been put to test.
Now, as far as the ‘Nearby’ feature is concerned, it has been expanded to 30 more countries:
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.