Google Search Starts Showing Average Time Spent Per Location

There's not a shred of a doubt that Google is and has been the world's number one search engine for quite some time. That didn't happen by chance, though, and people working on developing the tool today are keen on maintaining their market domination. That's precisely why Google is constantly adding new features into an already quite robust search engine. So, not long after giving mobile users the ability to quickly search, install, and discover apps directly from their phone's browser, the Mountain View-based tech giant has ennobled its search engine with a feature that shows the average time its users have spent on a location.

The goal of this new addition is to help you make travel and vacation plans by seeing how long on average do people stick around in a location you're interested in. Let's say you're visiting a national park you've never been to and have a hard time estimating how much you'll need to pack for your visit. By clicking on the "Plan your visit" item in the location card shown in Google's search results, you'll be able to see how long do people usually stick around your place of interest which means you'll have the necessary information to plan and pack accordingly. At least, that's the basic idea and it goes without saying that whenever individual people's preferences are concerned, your usage may vary greatly so this information isn't to be taken as gospel. While Google didn't go into great detail regarding supported locations, this feature is presumably available for all popular tourist destinations worldwide or will be in due time.

Earlier this month, Google has updated its search engine with more features focused on tourists which allow travelers to quickly find and book flights and hotels that best suit their needs and financial resources. Google search is now also highlighting discounted hotel rates in its results and earlier this year, the US tech giant has also launched the "Destinations" feature designed to help its users plan their vacations. All in all, it's a good time to be a tourist with a functioning Internet connection and Google is promising that more related improvements to its services are coming soon.

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