Feb 18 2010

We don’t know when it happened exactly, and you may need Google Labs enabled to see the changes, but Google has flicked a switch and turned on some new super functionality with its Google Maps.

Google Maps was pretty cool before this latest batch of test features but now its really rocking.

So, at a preliminary glance here are the updates:

Number One – Smooth Zoom : Zooming in and out on Google maps using the Chrome browser is now ‘smooth’ as opposed to ‘jerky’. Makes the zooming experience so much more pleasant.

Number Two – Drag ‘n’ Zoom: Zooming in on a specific part of the map is now fast and easy. Simply click the Drag ‘n’ Zoom button, draw a box on the map, and zoom! You’re there!

Number Three – Aerial Imagery: Google says, “Add Aerial imagery to the map! Aerial imagery gives you rotatable, high-resolution overhead imagery presented in a new perspective. Currently imagery is only available in certain areas, but we’re adding more all the time.”

Number Four – Back to to Beta: This one is funny as it enables you to ‘bring back the beta sign’. Apparently, the inclusion or removal of the beta sign is a contentious issue and so Google is giving users the option; would you like your maps with Beta or no Beta?

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