Businesses rely on Google displaying up-to-date and accurate information about their store locations and business trading hours.
The Google Places library provides a comprehensive database with over 100 million points of interest and a billion monthly active users relying on this information to guide their decision making.
To make sure you’ve got all the information you need to understand the impact on your business and ensure there is no service disruption, we’ve highlighted what you need to know and how to prepare your service for the changes.
What do I need to know?
The current properties are listed as:
- UTC offset: utc_offset
- Opening hours: opening_hours.open_now
What do I need to do?
To ensure you have the right properties in place and prevent user experience disruptions, please follow the Place Field Migration guide to make the parameter substitutions.
The new properties are listed as:
- UTC offset: utc_offset_minutes
- Opening hours: Open()
Google will charge your business based on the information requested from the Places library, known as ‘fields’. If you have not set up the ‘fields’ parameter in your Places Details request, placing restrictions around the Places Details information will ensure you pay for only what you need.
Liveli can help you get the most out of your Google Maps licensing for your business
Liveli is a Google Maps Premier Partner that offers partner volume discounts and support options to help you get the most from the Google Maps Platform. If you want to get started or need technical support using the Google Maps Platform, get in touch with the Liveli team.
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