Google is adding yet another trick to its search box's repertoire. Now, if you're searching from a device that knows your location, you can get information about a place without specifying it.
As Android Police points out, the Google search box will now accept words like "here" and "this place" instead of proper nouns, so long as you're standing near the place in question. If you're standing next to the Empire State Building, you can ask "How tall is this building?" and Google will show you how tall the Empire State Building is. Here's a list of some other known commands:
- What is this museum?
- When does this restaurant open?
- How tall is this? (when standing next to a tower)
- When was this built? (for monuments)
- What's the name of this church?
- What's the phone number for this pharmacy?
The feature is slowly going live for users in multiple countries. It's unclear if this is intended to be a wide rollout or just a test, but it's worth giving it a shot.