When it comes to Google services, two of the more useful ones are certainly Google Search and Google Maps. In the case of the former, Search offers just about everything you need to know on just about everything you can think of. In the case of the latter, Maps proves to be an ever-evolving tool which helps to make an Android user's life much easier, providing detailed information on locations, directions and an abundance of additional information.
In fact the two entities are not totally mutually exclusive as Maps has always incorporated a lot of information from Search. For instance, destination information. Back during the summer, Maps saw an update which made destination closing hours far more integrated into its driving directions. This was designed to help you know in advance if you were unlikely to make a retailer, restaurant or place of business before they closed shop for the day. Of course, with the holiday season pretty much upon us now, many of those businesses and services are likely to revert to their 'holiday opening hours', which by all accounts, vary quite drastically from business-to-business, let alone industry-to-industry.
Well, Google is prepared for this and has today announced that both Search and Maps are now being updated to ensure that if you are heading anywhere over the festive period, then you won't have to worry about turning up just to find out they are closed already. Both Search and Maps do now include holiday hours for all businesses. Google states that this will be the case within the seven-day period leading up to any "major holiday". So you can simply search for a business and if they have announced their seasonal hours, results in both Search and Maps will now display this information. If a business has yet to confirm their holiday hours, then a prompt will be displayed advising that the hours shown might not be relevant for the holiday period. So either way, you will be aware that the listed hours are the standard hours and not the holiday hours. Interestingly, the blog announcement details that it is not just a U.S. update either. So if you are in the UK over the festive period and planning on hitting those Boxing Day sales on December 26th, then Search and Maps will also display the regional-relevant hours.