If you open up your Google Maps on your desktop today and discover a new interface, don’t be alarmed. The new interface that was announced last May during Google I/O 2013 is now finally officially available for everyone. Just in case you forgot what it’s all about, the new Google Maps is now full-screen and fully interactive with a lot more functionality.
When the interface was first rolled out, Google gave users the option to sign up to be one of the first to preview it; I did, and I never turned back. Coupled together with some of the latest Google Maps update like the come back of Pegman, integration of Waze incident report feature, the ability to set multiple destinations in one trip and more, Google Maps is now a lot more useful.
Some of the new features include:
Make smarter decisions. Simply search for “coffee” in your neighborhood, and you will be able to see results and snippets right on the map. When you click on a café, the map will suggest related results that you may not have known about.
Get where you are going faster. Car? Bike? Train? Find the most efficient route with the best option laid out on the map, including the time and distance for each route.
See the world from every angle. Rich imagery takes you to notable landmarks, sends you flying above mountains in 3D, and gives you a sneak peek of businesses you plan to visit. The new “runway” at the bottom of the map makes all this imagery easy to access, so you can explore the world with a click.
Check out our previous post to find out more about the new Google Maps or catch the video below.