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New Google Maps Leaves Beta, Rolling Out Worldwide

by Brandon Russell | February 20, 2014February 20, 2014 11:00 pm PST


If you never opted in to Google’s big desktop Maps redesign, which was introduced last May, you’ll be seeing the new experience in the coming weeks, regardless of your preference. Announced on Google’s Maps blog on Wednesday, the search giant said the deeper and smarter experience is finally coming out of beta, nine months after it was first detailed at I/O.

When it first launched in beta last year, Google gave users an option to get an early taste of its most comprehensive mapping experience ever. Built from the ground up, the new Maps introduces a completely revamped interface that’s meant to be more personal for individual users. Just like Google’s other services, the more you use it, the better it becomes. When we opted in to the new Maps last year, it surprised us how awesome the experience was. Nine months later, and we haven’t once thought to go back.

If you want a quick refresher course on what the new Maps has to offer, you can check our hands-on. Google says Maps makes smarter decisions, and is capable of telling you how to get to a location faster, no matter your preferred mode of transportation. If you’ve been resistant to try out the new experience, you only have limited time to spend with the old guard.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...