Google pushes new version of Maps to users after previewing it in May
The new version of Google Maps is finally becoming widely available, after it was previewed last May.
The revamp features a cleaner new look, as well as tweaked search tools and improved directions tools, and lets users view locations in 3D using Google Earth.
The new search tools show results directly on the map, rather than in a listing down the side. "Search for “coffee” in your neighbourhood, and you’ll be able to see results and snippets right on the map," said Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps. "When you click on a café, the map will suggest related results that you may not have known about."
The map highlights roads that you may need to reach a destination, and includes real-time traffic reports. The directions tool is built into the search results card, giving you the best routes via car, foot or public transport in a single click.
Images are also built into the map, with selected pictures shown in the search card as well as in a carousel along the bottom of the page. StreetView remains an option, though to see it you'll have to click the "Pegman" icon, and instead of Satellite view Google now uses 3D imagery from Google Earth.
McClendon admitted that even after the long preview period, bugs may remain. "With any product redesign, there may be bumps along the road," he said. "As always, we want to hear what you think as we work to improve the new Maps over time."
Watch the preview video here: