Google Maps upgrade finally jumps from beta to default

Summary:Starting today, Google is moving the next evolution of Maps out of preview mode to become the default mapping desktop experience for all of its users worldwide.

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If you thought Google Maps had you covered, you haven't seen anything yet.

Google finally pushing out an upgraded version of the online mapping platform that has been in the works for some time now.

The Internet giant first debuted the fancier and heavier version of Maps (in both graphics and data) at the company's annual developer conference, Google I/O, last May .

At that time, it was only unveiled to a small pool of Google users in beta mode.

Starting today, Google is moving the next evolution of Maps out of preview mode to become the default Google Maps desktop experience for all of its users worldwide.

Besides some of the obvious visual and aesthetic differences, other new features include related results when search for locations, real-time traffic reports, most efficient route guides based on the user's current location, and a new imagery carousel of landmarks around the world.

Street View is also taking a bigger leap indoors with many more images and directions within museums, airports and other large public spaces.

All Google users shouldn't expect to see the revamped Maps at once as the Mountain View, Calif.-based corporation prepares to roll it out to everyone over the next few weeks.

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For a tour of the new version of Google Maps, check out the promo video below:

Images via Google

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Google Apps, Web development

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