Updates To Google Maps
A major revamp of Google Maps is currently under way. The forthcoming new interface will extend the use of photos and accommodate 3-D representations of major terrain features such as buildings while at the same time integrating more tightly with searches. In addition to generalized search returns, users will also see related information, such as restaurant reviews, that were posted by their friends. The new version also takes traffic patterns into account when issuing travel directions. Google is also adding a "Fused Location Provider" that speeds the system's ability to determine location while requiring less battery power.