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New Google Maps Feature Highlights Wheelchair Accessible Places



Google Maps is launching a new accessibility feature that lets users find wheelchair accessible places with the push of a button.

“Accessible Places” is a feature that can be turned on and off in the Google Maps app.

When switched on, accessible places can be quickly identified with a wheelchair icon.

Here’s an example of what the icon looks like:

New Google Maps Feature Highlights Wheelchair Accessible Places

The icon is so unobtrusive that it’s a wonder why Google wouldn’t opt to add it to Maps listings by default.

For now at least, Accessible Place is a feature that has to be turned on manually.

Being accessible means the location has a wheelchair accessible entrance. It may also have accessible seating, restrooms, and parking.

If a place offers some degree of accessibility, but not an accessible entrance, that will be indicated in Google Maps as well.


As Google states in an announcement, it’s a frustrating experience to arrive somewhere only to then find out it’s not accessible.

“Imagine making plans to go somewhere new, taking the journey to get there and arriving— only to be stuck outside, prevented from sitting with family or being unable to access the restroom.”

Instead, Google says people should be able to know before they go, which is what the company aims to achieve with the new Accessible Places feature.

15 Million Places And Counting

Google Maps currently has wheelchair accessibility information for over 15 million places worldwide.

The number of wheelchair accessible places in Google Maps more than doubled since 2017, largely thanks to information sent in by other Maps users.

Another source of wheelchair accessibility information is store owners themselves, who can provide the info directly in their Google My Business listing.

As Google points out, this update benefits more than the 130 million wheelchair users worldwide, including the over 30 million Americans who have difficulty using stairs.

“With this feature “rollout”, it’s easier to find and contribute wheelchair accessibility information to Google Maps. That benefits everyone, from those of us using wheelchairs and parents pushing strollers to older adults with tired legs and people hauling heavy items.

And in this time of COVID-19, it’s especially important to know before you go so that you won’t be stranded outside that pharmacy, grocery or restaurant.”

Update Available Now

This update to the Google Maps app is available now on Android and iOS.


To use the feature after updating your app to the latest version, go to Settings, select “Accessibility,” and turn on “Accessible Places.”

New Google Maps Feature Highlights Wheelchair Accessible Places

Also included in the update for iOS users is the ability to more easily contribute accessibility information.

Android users have already had the ability to share this information, iOS users are getting it now for the first time.

With that being the case, the number of wheelchair accessible places in Google Maps could soon grow well beyond 15 million.

Google notes that this update represents a milestone in the company’s journey to build a more accessible Google Maps.

Other recent efforts include app update to help people find accessible places, transit routes, and walking directions.

The Accessible Places feature is now available for Google Maps users in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Support for additional countries is coming at a later date.

Source: Google




Google Workspace vs. Microsoft 365: What’s the best office suite for business?



Google G Suite vs. Microsoft Office

Once upon a time, Microsoft Office ruled the business world. By the late ‘90s and early 2000s, Microsoft’s office suite had brushed aside rivals such as WordPerfect Office and Lotus SmartSuite, and there was no competition on the horizon.

Then in 2006 Google came along with Google Docs & Spreadsheets, a collaborative online word processing and spreadsheet duo that was combined with other business services to form the Google Apps suite, later rebranded as G Suite, and now as Google Workspace. Although Google’s productivity suite didn’t immediately take the business world by storm, over time it has gained both in features and in popularity, boasting 6 million paying customers, according to Google’s most recent public stats in March 2020.

Microsoft, meanwhile, has shifted its emphasis away from its traditional licensed Office software to Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365), a subscription-based version that’s treated more like a service, with frequent updates and new features. Microsoft 365 is what we’ve focused on in this story.

Nowadays, choosing an office suite isn’t as simple as it once was. We’re here to help.

Google Workspace vs. Microsoft 365

Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 have much in common. Both are subscription-based, charging businesses per-person fees every month, in varying tiers, depending on the capabilities their customers are looking for. Although Google Workspace is web-based, it has the capability to work offline as well. And while Microsoft 365 is based on installed desktop software, it also provides (less powerful) web-based versions of its applications.

Both suites work well with a range of devices. Because it’s web-based, Google Workspace works in most browsers on any operating system, and Google also offers mobile apps for Android and iOS. Microsoft provides Office client apps for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android, and its web-based apps work across browsers.

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