Google Maps starts explaining what foreign businesses actually are

If you’ve ever tried getting around when traveling in a country with an unfamiliar language, you might have had trouble figuring out what all the businesses around you are, even if you could read the names. A new Google Maps feature developed in Japan and launching there today, however, should offer a little clarity.

While Google Maps has had simple icons for things like restaurants and stores before, Japanese businesses can now list themselves as one of over 1,000 categories in 19 languages: Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Dutch, English, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai. The categories show up right on the map view without needing to open a listing’s…

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