In a recent update to make local results more seamless and integrated, Google has removed the “Google Places” search link permanently from Google’s “More” drop-down menu option. This “Places” link which was previously located in Google’s “More” drop-down option is no longer available in that section. Hence, from now onwards the local businesses can only be found via search (paid or organic), Google+ Local, or Google Maps. The “Place” Search link was first launched in 2010 and was popularly used by businesses around the world.
The elimination of Places Search was first reported by Mike Blumenthal and the change comes not long after the launch of the new Google Places for Business dashboard. It looks like that Google now wants to focus more on G+ for local businesses so that the demand of Google+ apps in Android gets increase. The user witnessed many issues and bugs with the Google Places Dashboard. It is one of the most consistent complaints from business owners who interact with Google. Hence, this could possibly be the reason for Google’s “Place” search link. However, this is just one part of what sounds like several updates that will make local results more seamless and integrated.