The New Google Maps Finally Comes Out Of Beta

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Back in May 2013, Google unveiled a new and improved beta version of Google Maps. It was nice and shiny, and had many new features. Now finally the doors are being swung wide open, and everyone will be able to get the new Google Maps on their desktops in “the coming weeks”.

So apart from the spruced up user interface, what else can you expect to see in the new Google Maps?

One often talked about feature is where you can type in what you are looking for, and the map will show you where in your neighbourhood, you can find it. It will also provide reviews and related results for each place. So if you search for “coffee”, it will show you cafes. “Food” shows restaurants, and so on.

As well as normal map, earth, and satellite imagery, Maps will also show things in 3D to try and give things a bit more of a natural feel. If you click on pictures at the bottom of the screen, you will be shown images which are presumably from Google Street View.

Next, and this is a good one, when you are looking for directions from point A to point B, Maps will give you alternative routes (driving, walking, bus, subway), along with the estimated travelling time. You can then choose which route you would like to take.

If you have the new Maps, let us know in the comments what you think of it. Is it a vast improvement, or are you already missing the old version?

Source: 9to5Google

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Comments (17)
  • Ian

    In the old Google maps I could split the view into half map and half street view and get a short URL which I could then paste into a web page. Is this available in the new version. I’m suspecting its not.

  • steve

    I really don’t like all or nothing street view or map. The old one allowed me to split the window, which is why I reverted back to it. Now it seems that I don’t have a choice. Time to go look for another map page.

  • Joe

    What I was waiting for was the rotate map feature, but it’s not available in the Lite version and the full version isn’t supported on Linux (yet).

    Recently, I needed to make some sattelite maps of a section of road running north-south and the maps are long in the east-west direction. Rotating 90 degrees would have made it a lot easier.

  • Carrie

    All seems good, but Google Maps cannot find my house which was built almost 3 years ago.

  • Mark

    I have reverted to the “classic” Google Maps any time the new one reappears. I haven’t tested any functionality, but two complaints: I like having the +/- zoom buttons, dearly wish I could get them back on my phone, and the new maps just feels clunky, not smooth. Not an elegant description, but the best I can come up with right now.

    • Victor B

      Hi Mark.
      On your phone you can zoom in and out with one finger: double click on the map and keep your finger on the screen on the second tap. Moving your pressed finger up and down will zoom out and in respectively. It is a new feature which can be found on the help page but it is not widely announced.

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