DIGITAL CARTOGRAPHER Google has announced updates to two of its map interfaces, along with a design tweak for Youtube.
The new version of Google Maps for desktop that was previewed last May is being rolled out to all users starting today. As well as a new look, the search functionality has been revised to match that of the Android app, with a blog post suggesting that a search for "coffee" will annotate the map with nearby coffee shops.
A new image carousel allows users to choose from available photos of their location, while navigation has been enhanced to make you a "commuting ninja". Waze traffic reporting also arrives in the desktop edition, which previously was added to the Android app.
In spite of the integration, Google continues to show its commitment to Waze, the crowdsourced navigation app which it bought last year, with a new edition that integrates with your phone calendar, meaning that you can navigate to diary entries with a single click. The Android edition is being rolled out today, with an iOS version imminent.
All of these map updates risk overshadowing the newly arrived Youtube design, which also begins to roll out today. The new centred look incorporates a new Playlist tab, allowing users to find relevant playlists they've created previously or other relevant ones from subscribed feeds.
Google will roll out these changes incrementally, so while UK might not see the changes right away, they're definitely coming. µ