New Google Maps update brings completely revamped UI, 5-star rating system, offers, and more


New Google Maps

Fresh out of Google I/O 2013, the “Big G” announced that they’re giving Google Maps a completely fresh new redesign, coming soon to both the desktop and Android devices. Let’s check out all the new goodies we can look forward to when it launches in the coming weeks.

Google Maps 3D

First off, the user interface has been given a complete overhaul, built from the ground up with a much more clean and intuitive layout. Google describes the interface as the map being the UI itself, and that’s essentially what they’ve done. Full screen maps, with simple controls hovering over maps, with the search bar always prevalent.

Google Maps offers 2

Special “offers” will available directly from a searched business listing, with Google mentioning only a few bigger name retailers signing up for this feature at launch, but many more coming in the future. Speaking of businesses, Google has also implemented a new 5-star rating system for users to rate their favorite restaurants, places, and/or businesses. And while reading reviews from ordinary folk can be fun, if you want a more expert opinion, Zagat scores can also be filtered for searched businesses as well.

Google Maps new

Google Maps users will also have the benefit of live coverage for traffic and transit incidents. If an accident happens while you’re already en route to a location, Maps and Navigation will feature dynamic rerouting, navigating you to a quicker route when one is available. Now that’s innovation.

Google Maps Explore

Tablet users searching for interesting stuff to do in a new area can use Maps to find interesting places to eat, drink, shop, play, and sleep. A new “Explore” option available allowing users to search by interest or activity.

This all new Maps experience isn’t exclusive for Android users either. Google went back to the drawing board with the web version of Google Maps, offering all the benefits we detailed here in the Android release (and more). Both versions of Google Maps will be available for everyone starting sometime this summer and you can even request an invite to test the new Google Maps on your desktop by visiting the link right after the video below.

[Request an invite for the new Google Maps]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Effff the iOS users. They made it pretty damn apparent they didn’t need Google maps by launching their own “innovative” and “superior” software.

    1. No, Apple launched their own Maps software. When Google Maps came back to iOS it became the top Free app. iOS users were very happy to get Google Maps back. Don’t you remember all the flack Apple got for releasing such crap?

    2. Apple launched that crap Maps software, I don’t know a single user that wanted it.

      That been said, playing with the 3D view in NYC is pretty fun in iOS. Other than that it’s utterly useless.

      1. Now you can do that with Google Maps :D

  2. I remember when people were “complaining” that iOS Google Maps was better. Well this is why it was “better”. Google was working on a better one. People need to learn to wait and appreciate.

    I shole did send an invite. I would love to try this. I keep randomly using Navigation just so I can travel to the moon. LoL!!

  3. “Completely revamped UI” aka the iOS UI.

    1. Lol what?

    2. More like they rewrote the entire platform in webGL and added a fuckton of features.

  4. I hold this update fixes the problems I’ve been having lately with Google Maps, Nav never pinpoints my position correctly anymore

  5. Did Google nix the Zagat 30 point ecosystem they were trying to build by reintroducing 5 star ratings? Or will they both run side by side?

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