One of Google’s biggest unsung announcements at I/O yesterday was a completely new Maps experience, which Google said was built from the ground up. Not only is there a hugely noticeable fresh coat of paint, but Google said everything has been designed to be more personal, curated just for you. The more you use it, the better things get. But following the search giant’s presentation, the new Maps was only offered through an invite process, seemingly to account for strong demand.
Access is already being granted to users, however, at least for some of us here on the staff. So far, the Preview is hit or miss, with the vector-based cities and neighborhoods loading sluggishly at times. I haven’t had issues on my end, but Todd Haselton, TechnoBuffalo’s Executive Editor of Mobile, said he couldn’t get directions from his house to JFK in New York, which is one of the world’s most well known airports.
Be that as it may, the new Google Maps is still a preview, so don’t expect everything to be in 100 percent working order. Seeing as we were able to get access, it’s safe to say others are probably getting invites, too. If you haven’t done so, check your email. And if do jump into the new Maps preview, let us know how you like it.