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Never Wait for a Table Again

The latest Google Maps update just made snagging a table for dinner way easier
Google Shows How Busy Restaurants Are in Real Time
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Happy hour fiends, last-minute planners and socially anxious diners can breathe a little easier: Google’s updated Maps app now shows how busy dining spots are in real time. Previously, the app could provide only a warning of how crowded a place typically is at any moment, but this refresh uses live location data to show how many people are hogging tables at your favorite pizza joint at that moment.

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Just tap on a business in Google Maps, and the live status will appear under the contact information. It'll even offer how long people tend to hang out at a given hot spot, making snagging a seat at a hard-to-get restaurant easier than ever.

This article was originally published on 11/22/16 and was updated with additional information by Andrew Bui on 2/2/17.

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