There are so many apps for instant messaging on our smartphones these days, that many of us feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of ways we’re able to communicate with each other within a twinkle of an eye.
Now it seems that Google Maps is adding instant messaging capabilities to the app, with some users including myself discovering a new ‘Messages’ menu item in what appears to be a test of the new feature.
The new feature, however, doesn’t look like it will allow users to chat with friends; instead, it’s designed to connect you with businesses, which could prove rather useful than you could think.
If you’ve ever found yourself frantically searching for opening times or you’ve been unable to call businesses directly to get information, this new feature could be a big improvement to the navigation app.
Businesses, however, will need to enable the feature for you to be able to contact them through the new feature and, as with any Google Maps test, only a select few users will be able to use instant messaging before it’s rolled out to the wider public.
There’s no word yet on when all users will be able to use the new feature, but it’s worth checking your Google Maps app to see if you are one of the few users that have been selected to try it out.