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Last May, Google unveiled its new Google Maps, but now they are rolling it out to everyone. In the coming weeks the re-design will be on every desktop and I'm curious what everyone thinks? As a reminder, here are some of the differences:

  • Make smarter decisions. Search for “coffee” in your neighborhood and you’ll be able to see results right on the map. When you click on a specific coffee shop, the map will suggest related results.
  • Get where you're going, faster. Find the most efficient route for you, with your best options laid out on the map, including the time and distance for each route. Plus, there is the option to see the real-time traffic reports and Street View previews.
  • See the world from every angleRich 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. 
  • A Map for you. As you search the map and star places you like, the map starts to adapt and can suggest things like restaurants you might enjoy or the quickest way home. The more you use, the better it is. 

The new Google maps looks a bit different as well, taking up more of the page than the old version. Like anything, it always takes time to get used to a new version. But what are your initial thoughts? Good improvements? What else would you like to see? Comment below!

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I find it more difficult to make my own routes and test out variations on the routes. I'm sure the function is still there, but it is buried somewhere.

At the same time, the new maps make it easier to see where you are and what is around you.


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