Google Maps redesigned with improved search and tablet UI (video)

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Google Maps redesigned with improved search, ratings and more

An errant leak this morning gave us a pretty good idea that Google Maps was getting revamped in time for I/O, so this announcement comes as no huge surprise. Mountain View just pulled back the curtain on the next major release of Maps for Android and iOS. The preview touts a more personalized approach to the popular navigation service and sports a rating system and offers experience from merchants like Starbucks. The outfit also announced a new Maps experience for tablets that takes a look in doors with an Experience feature.

Google also offered a look and the redesigned desktop version, too. New features include “immersive imagery” and the map itself is now the user interface. After entering search terms, icons now appear to indicate each type of result rather than the pins of previous versions. Clicking on one will pull up reviews from friends, Street View and a see inside option with 360-degree viewing. The views are thanks in part to user-submitting photospheres. In terms of personalization options, the map will analyze the places that you travel, highlight routes and offer suggestions based on spots that you and your friends enjoy. Maps also gathers images for a specific location and displays those snapshots via a carousel down below. A retooled directions experience now offers the option of toggling between driving and transit routes alongside a schedule viewer for factoring in transfers and walking. To sign-up for a chance at the desktop preview, hit the coverage link below.

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Source: Google Maps Blog

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