Google Builds Booking Tools Into Google Search and Maps
Google today made it possible to book appointments at salons and spas via Google Search and Google Maps. Search results now include a "book" button in the business listing that will let people contact the business in question to set an appointment. Google has also added the salons and spas to its Reserve with Google web site, which is dedicated to helping people find local businesses and make reservations. Google said the feature is made possible thanks to partnerships with third-party booking services, such as Genbook, SalonRunner, Rosy, Yocale, and Wellness Living. Google plans to add other booking services, including Books, Envision, MyTime, Schedulicity, Setmore, Shore, SimpleSpa, SuperSalon, and TimeTrade. Google Search and Google Maps are free to download from the Google Play Store.
Google Debuts Fitness Class Search and Booking Service
Google's new Reserve with Google service makes it possible to find, book, and pay for fitness classes pretty much anywhere in the U.S. Reserve with Google is available to mobile and desktop devices and works together with Google Maps and Google Search to find fitness studios, classes, ratings, rates, and more.
Google Brings Q&A Feature to Maps and Search
Google today said it is adding a question-and-answer tool to Google Maps and Google Search for Android devices. Users need only search for and open business listings within Maps or Search to see the Q&A feature, which taps into data provided by Google Local Guides and others.
Google Maps to Host Ads In the Form of 'Promoted Pins'
Google today said it plans to place advertisements in Google Maps on mobile devices. The change is meant to help Google's business customers promote their own businesses to people who search through Google Maps.
Google Surfaces Library eBooks In Search
Google today made it possible for people to discover what ebooks are available from their local library directly in search results. Readers in the U.S.