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Google Maps 2013 Software Review

This essay was creatively published in Jun 2013 during a beta duration of a new Google Maps, that is now accessible for everybody to use.

The maps of a future…

Nexus phones, tablets and Android 5.0 were 3 things we didn’t get
during Google I/O 2013. What we did get, however, was something arguably of
distant larger significance: a prophesy of a association with one core
services and a grand master plan. It tender us. And nowhere were we some-more tender than a approach in that a finish renovate of Google Maps will lay during a heart of it.

So, carrying now spent some substantial time with a preview edition, does it live adult to a hype?

Google Maps UI
The side row is dead, transposed with only a hunt bar. How really Google.

Google Maps 2013 – User Interface

The
many important change to a new Google Maps is a interface. Gone is
the longstanding side panel, transposed by a map that fills a shade and
a clearly harmless hunt bar. Yet it is from here that a magic
happens.

Google has built a dizzying volume of functionality
into a hunt bar. It is now a gateway not only to specific
addresses and categories (bar, restaurant, etc), yet also to dynamic
routing and contextual information wherever and whatever we click on
the map.

Key to gripping things neat is a introduction of
Google’s increasingly entire ‘card’ design, as seen in Google Now and
common Google hunt results. Cards lay underneath a hunt bar and split
themselves into transparent sections that can also be built to switch
between opposite sets of information. Cards seem and disappear as
needed again saving space compared to a aged side panel.

Initially
a complement can seem transitory compared to a life of a search
panel, yet as it is distant some-more contextually wakeful it is also smarter,
faster and some-more flexible. It brings we information with each click.
Google attempted to do this in a prior chronicle of Maps, creating
pop adult windows above whatever we clicked, yet a outcome simply covered
adult a evident surrounding area.

Google Maps London Eye
The Street View ‘pegman’ has retired. In a place come thumbnail previews.

Another
neat hold is a formation of Street View. Google has finished divided with
‘pegman’ and instead anywhere we click on a map will bucket a preview
thumbnail in a label underneath a hunt bar. This is inventive and saves a
great understanding of time boring and dropping pegman around a screen.
Increasing numbers of locations offer Street View inside a premises
with a ‘See Inside’ choice so we can check out a decor, not just
the store front.

User generated photography is also neatly
integrated into a scrolling gallery along a bottom of a map.
Wherever we are clicking, a gallery automatically updates showing
relevant photos and if one has a play idol a click will start a ‘photo
tour’ that uniformly morphs between a best images of their subject
(for example, a London Eye). Should a gallery get in a approach it can
be minimised.

One thing that can't be minimised though, is a gallery thumbnail named ‘Earth’.

Google Earth

The Google Maps 2013 does divided with a aged Satellite viewpoint in sequence to
integrate a strong Google Earth. This was formerly accessible in the
old Google Maps around a plug-in, yet a new chronicle takes things to a
whole new level.

Google Maps 3D
Major US cities embody 3D buildings

Most
simply, Google is expanding a lean viewpoint with three-dimensional
buildings same to ‘flyover’ in Apple Maps. This stays mostly US
focused during present, yet what is there looks overwhelming and Google has
promised to shortly enhance to other vital cities around a world. That
said there are occasional iOSapocalypse moments and we’re certain Apple will have something to contend in justice about infringements of flyover.

A
reduction is Earth doesn’t concede we to wizz as distant into a map as
the aged Satellite view, something we miss, yet it does let we wizz much
most serve out. Zoom out distant adequate and Maps shows we a earth
spinning in space with real-time Clouds.

Zoom out again and you
see Earth among a stars and a sun, with a applicable time zones
reflecting that tools of a earth are in day, night or twilight.
Countries in dark are beautifully illuminated adult by lights during their major
population points. We doubt this viewpoint will be useful for assisting you
plan journeys, yet is a smashing sign to keep life in perspective.

Google Maps earth
Google’s chronicle of a Total Perspective Vortex

Aside
from a singular ability to wizz in with Earth yet there is another
caveat and that is opening requirements. These are relatively
meagre, yet aged systems with underneath 512MB RAM, 500MB of expostulate space and a
DirectX9 GPU with 64MB of dedicated RAM will skip out.

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