Google Exposes Maps Options With New Widget Display

Some users have been seeing the tests for a while, and now Google has formally launched a new Google Maps display that makes the different viewing options much more visible.

The old display, with its horizontal row of text-based buttons …


… has been replaced by what Google is calling an “all-inclusive widget.” It’s more eye-catching, in part, because it’s new; but also because of its size, shape and image-based background.


That image above is actually the expanded version of the widget that appears on a mouseover; the initial widget that loads without a mouseover is smaller and less intrusive on the map. Google says the goal is to make it easier for users to “see and switch between the various viewing options that are available.” I’m guessing this change will accomplish that goal.

We wrote about seeing these tests late last year:

Related Topics: Channel: Local | Google: Maps & Local | Google: User Interface


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  • Veronica Marcano

    Were has it launched in cause I can’t see it in UK!

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