Google searchers can now refine their search results based on location, the company announced Friday.
The new "Nearby" feature is available in Google's Search Options panel. It defaults to users' current location, which can be further refined to include their city, region, or state.
The Nearby tool also gives users the option of searching a different area with the help of a "custom location" option that requires them to input a city and state or zip code.
Google said the Nearby tool works by geography, rather than keyword, which means that results will include surrounding areas; they won't be limited to the single town or city a user selects.
Google's addition of Nearby to its search results comes just more than a month after the companyfor mobile search. That option enables users to query Google from their iPhone or Android-based device to find results around their location.