Google Mobile Launches Open Now Feature for Local Mobile Search

The Google Mobile team announced a new feature in local search that factors in the hours a business is open. Over the past year, Google has added a sidebar full of options for searching what's near you or other various options to narrow down your search options. Now they're bringing it to mobile search, too.

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Searching on mobile devices is all about convenience. Google added location to its default search, both in the browser and in the mobile search apps for Android and iOS.

Now, using Google Places on your mobile device, Google will show you a link to show only places that are currently open for business. The information is pulled from businesses that have supplied hours in their Google Places for Business accounts.

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To try it out for yourself, go to Google.com in your browser and click the link for Places or use either the Maps or Places app on your mobile phone.

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Thom is a seasoned techincal SEO and digital analytics veteran. His current role as VP of Development and IT at Internet Marketing Ninjas includes the improvement of internal processes, leading the creation and refinement of industry-leading tools across multiple brands.

Previously he was a premier independent consultant, held a a senior search position at nationally renown TopRank Online Marketing and led all digital web-related technology's at Rochester Institute of Technology's Saunders College of Business. He also led analytics strategy efforts for the university's mobile initiative.

Part of the ClickZ Academy faculty, Thom has also taught for several well-respected colleges and universities. He is a regular speaker at ClickZ Live events and is a veteran of TEDx as well.