Google maps was already one, if not the best map application available. The new version ensures it stays at the top, with a fresh UI and some extra features, this is the best upgrade Google Maps has seen since street view.
The whole map is now interactive and is tailored to you, allowing you to click on places of interest such as Train stations, Forrest and national park attractions; displaying more information and reviews. If you click on certain train stations you see train times (in a much better layout than before):
If you click on a restaurant you see reviews, opening times and directions:
Click on a bus stop and you see the buses that stop there:
To use the new Google maps you need to login to your Google account, why? Because the map gets better the more you use it, it takes into account your recent searches and history and shows restaurants or attractions you may find of interest.
Google maps has now integrated with Google+ Local a lot better, if you click on a business an info card pops up, allowing you to see more information including a website link, directions, reviews, opening times, images and their address; it also highlights certain roads connected to the business to help you determine the best way to travel to it. If you have clicked on an underground station in London, it will highlight all of the connecting lines to the station.
Some of the features mentioned above have been available within Google maps for a while, but they have been made easier to use, improved and must more appealing to the eye.
If you would like to use the new Google Maps click the below link:
For more information you can also check out the below introduction to the new Google maps video:
Google is one of the most innovative companies ever to have existed, and it doesn’t look like they are going to be slowing down anytime soon – Google have evolved to ‘Organising the internet’ to ‘Organising the Internet and the World’.