Up close look at the new Google Maps

Up close look at the new Google Maps
Google Maps was featured during the Google I/O keynote with some significant upgrades for mobile and desktop, and as a whole the improvements are certainly worthwhile.

We took a tour of Google Maps to show some neat interface enhancements that, while relatively small modifications, greatly enhance the experience of using Google Maps overall.

Gone is the pane of information on the left side of the browser window. In its place is a simple search bar which generates information cards in much the same manner as Google Now on Android handsets. Gone are the markers with corresponding letters on the map and sidebar. Instead, the contextual information appears right on the map.

The selections are highlighted and prioritized based on the popularity and feedback about a given establishment, no ad revenue surprisingly. Where applicable, Zagat feedback and reviews are integrated when looking for restaurants and cafes. Directions are still part of the mix but now dynamic rerouting is available.

Google Maps also uses a lot more content from Google Earth to enhance the experience.  Google Earth will remain an ongoing project and that is a good thing because there is a lot of great data being rendered.

During our demo, the Wi-Fi network was getting choked by demand, a problem that has been pervasive during Google I/O since the beginning of the conference unfortunately. We made do with what we had to work with and despite the connectivity, maps as viewed on a Chromebook Pixel is quite a treat. We will have a follow-up to this showcasing other features of Google Maps tomorrow.

The new Google Maps is not fully launched yet, but you can request an invite to check out the preview by clicking here.


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7 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i have access to the new Maps and it's just amazing. only Google could provide something so amazing.

2. GeneralTsosChicken

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Shut Up

3. torr310

Posts: 1628; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

hahahaha!

4. karimhasebou

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

this is google's era

5. DrAnon

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

Anyone know what type of computer she's using?

7. MirOsamahAli

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Chromebook Pixel....they mentioned that a hundred times in the video.

6. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Awesome vid! So stoked to get my hands on the new maps and maybe even a chromebook like that someday

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