The latest from the Google news is another quiet drop of a search feature, which is related to local search results within a search on the Google.
The "more results near…" link on local searches for local queries has been removed by Google. The feature was introduced in 2007 as a part of the Universal search initiative. It showed local businesses, webpages, and videos to searchers. For example, if you have searched for Pizza on Google, the feature would have shown you businesses selling pizza, webpages, videos, and other relevant results on pizza.
When Google showed local listings for organic search results, it would also show a "more results near" link under the results. The searcher would be directed to more results for the particular in Google Maps/Local.
Google's Jade Wang in a Google forum thread said that the link was removed to improve the local search experience. She also said:
We’ve seen some questions about the small update to local search user interface on Google (removal of “More results near…” link) –
Thanks for your feedback about the small update to the local search user interface on Google. This is one of several updates we’re working on to improve the local search experience, with the goal of more seamless exploration of places and more integration of local data. Stay tuned for more updates soon.
Google has been introducing several changes and featuring reductions in the Google search products with the most recent ones being:
- Google Understates Google+ by Making Significant Changes in the Authorship Snippet!
- Google Removes Instant Previews from Search Results!
- Google Removes Related Searches Filter!