Google Launches Islamic Prayer Times Answers Again

Jun 20, 2018 • 7:45 am | comments (2) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Islam Prayer Times

Gary Illyes from Google posted on Twitter about a new one box, smart answer, that Google launched for Islamic prayer times. He showed an example for a query [prayer times mecca] and showed a screen shot of it showing Islamic prayer times for the day.

Here is a screen shot:

Google Islamic Prayer Times Mobile

This is not to be confused with the featured snippets you'd get, that are not a form of structured data or being pulled from some sort of data source, rather than content on the web page. Such as in a query like this:

Google Prayer Times Featured Snippet

The neat thing about this new version of prayer times is that you can change the calculation method. I know a little about this when it comes to Jewish prayer time laws and there are various calculation methods different people hold. I assume, based on this, it is similar in Islam.

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I should note, Google did have prayer time rich snippet markup back in the day that worked with both Islam and Judaism but removed support a year after launching it in 2012.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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