Google Maps' voice navigation now available in 6 new Indian languages

Here’s how to use Plus codes on Google Maps

You can use this code on Google Search or Maps on mobile or desktop, and your asked location will be instantly shown.

Google Maps now also has voice navigation in six Indian languages including Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Telegu, Tamil and Malayalam. The company had launched voice navigation in Hindi three years ago. The tech giant introduced "Plus Codes" - an open source solution that represents a simple and consistent addressing system and works not only in India but globally.

This system is based on dividing the geographical surface of the Earth into tiny "tiled areas", attributing a unique code to each of them. This code is in a "6-character + City" format which is generated when a user drops a pin on Google Maps.

" If you want to see the Plus Code location: -When you receive the Plus Code, copy it to your clipboard -Open Google Search, paste it and hit search -In the result, tap on the location and voila Similarly you can paste it in Google Maps" search bar itself and see the location. They will also be able to submit new or missing home addresses which will be added to Maps after verification. Once Google verifies the address, it will become searchable. The features are mostly aimed at easing the efforts of the users when it comes to searching and sharing addresses. The latest features are targeted at Indian addresses and include Plus Codes- a location-based digital addressing system, voice navigation in six additional Indian languages and smart address search.


In India, we know how challenging it can be to reach a given residential address. Once approved, the uploader would get 15 points through Google's MapMaker initiative that helps encourage user contributions.

Addresses are unique in format, and vary across regions, localities, and use cases. In addition to this, a majority of addresses are hard to locate, especially those of people living in remote locations.

If Google Maps doesn't understand the address precisely, it will try to use all the pieces of information in the address and provide options of landmarks and points of interest that the user can best identify with. While some addresses are well defined by street names and house numbers that are easy to find, others can be long-winded and hard to locate. "We are deeply committed to helping find solutions to these challenges". This will show the user a location closer to the address, according to Google.

Suren Ruhela, Director of Google Maps, wrote in his blog: "India continues to inspire us, and pushes us to reimagine what Maps can do for people". For further accuracy, the code can be broken down, even more, to locate an area as small as 3 x 3 meters, so you can make sure to be always found on the map.

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