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Google Maps update to bring 3D Earth Tours and other Street View upgrades

Google Maps Earth Tours

Google is known for a lot of its services and Maps is one of them. And the folks at Mountain View have just announced a new upgrade to Maps on desktops. These features will only be available if users have chosen to receive previews of early Google Maps builds, while the rest of the world should see the feature go live in the next couple of weeks.

One of these features is Earth Tours which lets users get an aerial 3D view of tons of destinations from across the globe. This functions on WebGL so your browser needs to be compatible, which isn’t a problem as most new browsers today support WebGL. Maps will also give out incident and congestion reports now while getting driving instructions, thanks to Waze which is now owned by Google. Further, Google has also introduced a step-by-step directions guide for pedestrians, giving images of the street to give a better idea of the diversions and turns.

Google Maps Preview Steps

Google has heavily revamped the user experience and this includes street view which makes navigation a whole lot easier now. The new Maps will also have Pegman returning as the mascot for Google Maps Street View. This icon will be placed conveniently on the bottom right of the screen and when clicked, all the areas with Street View access will be displayed in blue on the Maps app. Further zooming will allow users to get a detailed look at places and even inside restaurants (marked yellow).

Via: The Next Web