The New Google Maps Preview is Now Available to All Users

By Akemi Iwaya on July 17th, 2013

Have you been wanting to try out the new Google Maps preview that everyone has been talking about? Then you will definitely love this bit of good news! Google has made the new Maps preview available to all users starting this week.

The new Maps preview is still in the beta stage at the moment, so expect to see some tweaks and minor changes along the way as Google works the last few kinks out.

As seen in the upper left corner of the screenshot above, you can access: Directions, Photo Tours, Photos, Street View, Explore the Area, and Check for Traffic/Transit Information all right from the new Maps interface.

Here is a bit more about what you can expect to see in the new Maps preview:

From the CNET News blog post: The update sports a new full-screen interface and a visual update based on Google Now-inspired “cards” aesthetic.

The update uses vector data instead of graphical tiles, allowing maps to load faster, even when using a new “Zoom out” feature that lets users zoom out to outer space.

See what the new Google Maps looks like in action with the following video.

Hurry on over to try out the new Google Maps and learn more about the new features using the links below.

New Google Maps Preview Homepage

Redesigned Google Maps Web interface now available to all [CNET News]

Google opens the new Maps preview for desktop to everyone, still won’t share a final release date [The Next Web]

Meet the new Google Maps [YouTube]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 07/17/13
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