2018 GMB Timeline of Features to date


2018 Google My Business Updates – Timeline of Features to Date

We understand that enterprise businesses face unique challenges and nuances when it comes to managing Google My Business at scale. This resource includes all impactful changes to GMB that we deem relevant to enterprise businesses. Whether it’s a new attribute or an entirely new set of data, we’ll include weekly updates and POVs here.


Jan 2018

  • Videos can be added to a Google business listing

Feb 2018

  • OpenTable integration for reservations
  • Mall Directories

March 2018

  • Publish structured service data
  • “Less important” updates categorized as secondary updates
  • Women-led attribute
  • Business description
  • Opening date
  • Google Post Offers (SMB)
  • Heat map in Direction Insights
  • Q&A email alerts (SMB)
  • New location dashboard with Location Groups


April 2018

  • 4.1 API released
  • Service menus in GMB
  • About & Prices tab introduced on Mobile
  • Location Groups
  • Branded map packs on mobile

May 2018

  • Agency dashboard for SMBs
  • Clear attribute values option
  • Videos on Google Posts
  • Owner review response notifications
  • Removal of anonymous reviews

June 2018

  • Agency Dashboard launched
  • Products & Services tabs on mobile
  • Good for Sports Attribute
  • Subjective Attributes
  • Brands can claim knowledge panel


July 2018

  • GMB Insights – queries to find your business
  • Trending This Week
  • Events on Knowledge Panel
  • Hotel price scale in SERP
  • Notifications for live listing (SMB)
  • New hotel search view

August 2018

  • Visible Manager Emails
  • View previous posts
  • Change to Search Insights (8/13)
  • Posts added to branded map pack
  • API V4.2 released

September 2018

  • Future openings displayed (test)
  • Revised GMB Insights – Acquire, Engage, Compare
  • Posts moved to bottom of knowledge panel
  • Manually suggest located in


October 2018 

  • Testing new KP display for local results
  • New clear attributes options
  • Map image added to the dashboard
  • Branded searches added to insights
  • New product & services menus
  • Removed structured menu data on desktop
  • Agency migration tool launched
  • GMB top contributors now product experts
  • ‘Schedule’ logo now on desktop searches
  • Future openings available to all

November 2018

  • GMB 4.2 released
  • Reserve with Yelp
  • Can include #hashtags in reviews
  • New GMB App
  • Service area businesses can hide address

December 2018

  • “Sold Here” rolls out to all businesses
  • Communication Managers changed to Site Managers
  • GMB API 4.3 released

2019 GMB Updates

The following are Google My Business listing updates for the year 2019.

January 2019

  • “Add Food Photos” on restaurant listings
  • Profile photos changes to logos photos
  • Increase in Direct Searches for MPI
  • Check in and out times added for hotels
  • Integrated hotel reviews on desktop

February 2019

  • Get in Line feature added for restaurants
  • Google consolidates canonical URLs

March 2019

  • New spam submission form
  • City served removed from SAB listings
  • Offer type posts to get their own section in the overview tab
  • New Seasonal business guidelines
  • GMB Classic began deprecating