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The Google Phone app removes a feature that would be “little used”

Google is cleaning up its Phone application by removing a functionality which, according to the brand, would be used by “a very small number of people”. Really ?

Google is removing the “Nearby Places” feature from its Phone app. It allowed users to search for local businesses directly within the app.

Google is overhauling its Phone app

Last February, Google announced plans to remove the feature, saying that “the vast majority of users go to Google Search or Maps” to find business phone numbers. It’s difficult to contradict them on this point, but that doesn’t mean that its use was negligible in the Phone application, as the company suggests.

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The option was quite practical for finding my craftsmen and businesses nearby if you had a plumbing problem or wanted to order a pizza, for example. Google Phone thus used the vast Maps database, without having to change applications.

Source: 9to5Google

The search box at the top of the app now shows “Search Contacts” and no longer says “Find Contacts & Locations.” The functionality has also disappeared from the settings. Initially removed for users of the beta version of Google Phone, the “Nearby places” option no longer appears in the stable version (v125) which you can download here.

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Google now encourages you to use Google Maps to find phone numbers to find nearby places. The company wants to “focus on creating the highest quality, most reliable and innovative phone call experiences.” Tell us in the comments if you used this option or if, as Google claims, its use remained marginal.

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