Get ready for a lot of new changes to most of your Google experiences.

On Tuesday, Google hosted its annual keynote kicking off the I/O developers conference. The tech giant uses the keynote to highlight new features launching on Google services including Photos, Maps, Shopping and others.

“The last year has put a lot into perspective,” wrote Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and parent company Alphabet, in a blog post Tuesday. “At Google, it’s also given renewed purpose to our mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

While the keynote provided glimpses and far-out technologies arriving soon, we also saw features that could deliver a more immediate impact to Google users’ daily lives. Here’s a breakdown:

An image of Google Maps showing its "area busyness" feature.

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Get a better view of busy locations

Want to take a trip somewhere, but not sure if the location you’re visiting might get crowded (something likely to happen as we emerge like cicadas from post-COVID isolation)? Google Maps will soon show you areas that appear busier than usual, represented by moving dotted lines surrounding an area. Ideal for if you want to avoid crowds.





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