NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Google just made it a whole lot easier to find stores that are open at odd hours of the day.
Last week, the company launched a new feature on its mobile website that lets users search for businesses and filter out the results based on stores that are open at that moment. You can either search by keywords like “furniture” or “hamburger,” or type in the specific name of the store. As with normal Google searches, the results will be based in part on their proximity to you.
Whether you’re looking for a place to eat on the way to work in the morning, or to find out which stores near you may be open on Sundays, this feature provides a quick and easy way to find out. Or, if you happen to be a computer engineer who works late into the night, this can be a useful feature to help you find restaurants open at odd hours.
“When you’re hankering for pizza at 1 o’clock in the morning, this can be really handy,” Yoshi Matsumoto and Keiji Maekawa, two Google software engineers, wrote on the company’s blog explaining the Open Now feature.
As of now, the option is only available for the mobile version of Google found on smartphones, and indeed, that’s probably the time when it’s most useful since the user is likely on the go and looking for a quick answer.
The feature is not perfect, though: As Google notes in a disclaimer, any business that does not post hours of operation on its site will be excluded from the results when they’re filtered this way, and Google’s feature may not accurately factor in changes to store hours during the holidays. But for the most part, it’s a great little resource for busy consumers.
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