Google Maps has gotten a huge upgrade and is adopting a new method for how people use maps. Google Maps will be creating a map that is unique to each consumer, based on their input. It will take info from your recent search history, your reviews and places you save. The more you use the maps, the more accurate it gets. The look of Google Maps has completely changed. The map is full screen now, with thumbnails along the bottom and a small search widget in the upper left of the screen. Results are displayed as points of interest on the map. It will also accent places reviewed by your friends, and those that are rated highly. You can select a place from your search by clicking on its name in the search widget results, or by clicking on a pin on the map. Click brings up an info card with the pertinent details of the place, such as address, phone number and hours of operation. You will also be able to click an icon to get directions or a star to save the location for later. Google Maps now offers directions for cars, public transit, walking, biking and air.
All Access is Google’s new music service. It is a streaming service with a monthly fee of $9.99 that allows customers access to millions of songs and offers recommendations based on your music library. You can listen by going directly to songs you want, or you can listen to a radio station. A radio station allows you to adjust the playlist as you go by skipping songs, creating custom stations based on an artist, reordering the songs, and giving favorites a “thumbs up”. Users can also upload their own music collection from their computer. All Access syncs your music across all devices.
You can now ask questions verbally of Google Search in Google’s Chrome browser on your desktop or laptop computer and receive a spoken answer. You can follow up with a new question and Google Search will retain the context from your previous search. For example, if your original search is, “What is the weather in Phoenix?,” you can continue your search with the question, “How about in Tucson?” and Google Search will reply with the weather in Tucson.
These are some of the exciting new and enhanced offerings from Google. If you’re looking to stay ahead of the curve in the world of internet marketing, CyberDesign can help. For a free website evaluation contact us today.