A little over a month after it gained third party import support which let its users import contacts from third party mail clients, the Google Contacts web app today gained another new feature through which it will henceforth display verified business information in a contact directly from Google Maps. The business information it will display will include name of businesses, their addresses, profile images, running hours as well as link to their websites. Users of the web app will also find a shortcut through which they will be able to open a business listing on Google Maps.
The business information imported from Google Maps will not replace a user's description of a business but will appear as a separate field at the bottom of a contact. This way, users will be able to cross check their information with verified ones on Google Maps and will be also be able to gain more information about businesses they are dealing with. The feature has been rolled out today and will be available to all users in the next three days. The Google Contacts web app was launched last year with a view to enable users to manage their contacts in a more cohesive way. The web app aimed to do away with duplicate contacts, update existing contacts automatically and let users see meetings and e-mails listed besides contact details, and the new integration with Google Maps to bring in detailed business information seems to be another step in that direction.
Back in March of last year, Google launched the preview of Google Contacts whose initial purpose was to import details of every contact and business with whom you interacted frequently. The preview was, and still is, available for web users of Gmail and thanks to a number of upgrades and addition of new features, is more user friendly and informative that it was at the time of launch. Back in December, Google made its Contacts app available in the Play Store for a brief period before taking it down, but a number of Android users noticed the app containing streamlined contact editing layout as well as some bug fixes. It is not known if the app was an offshoot of Google Contacts web preview, but if it was, then it might be possible for the app to be released again with the final version of Android N releasing later this year with new Nexus devices.