Google Maps Update Rolls Out Live for All Users
Google Maps has been undergoing changes and has been in preview mode. The updated version is now available for general use as the default version of Google Maps.Google Maps, which has been the subject of a big redesign since May 2013, is now finished and available to users as a default online application to help them get around from point to point. The redesign's completion and the availability of the latest Maps services were announced by Brian McClendon, vice president of Google Maps, in a Feb. 19 post on the Google Lat Long Blog. "Over the coming weeks, the new Google Maps will make its way onto desktops around the world," wrote McClendon. "Many of you have been previewing it since its debut last May, and thanks to your helpful feedback, we're ready to make the new Maps even more widely available." Google had unveiled a series of innovative updates for Google Maps at its annual Google I/O developers conference in May 2013, including a more interactive look and feel for Maps. The new Google Maps takes a novel approach to how people use online and mobile maps. Maps gains the ability to respond to user inputs instantly—making recommendations on places to visit and highlighting information that matters most during a map inquiry. The new generation of the Maps service essentially creates maps that are unique to each user and his or her needs, based on the input from the user.
"It's now even easier to plan your next trip, check live traffic conditions, discover what's happening around town, and learn about a new area—with Pegman's help if needed," wrote McClendon.