Google Search App, Chrome for Windows 8 - 'Terrain & Vegetation, Labels for Natural Land' Added to Google Maps

A couple of days back, we reported of the new Google Search app, today Google now officially launched newly designed Google Search app and the Chrome browser for Windows 8 along with a new site to help you get your Google back."The Google Search app comes with a clean and recognizable user interface. Our new […]

A couple of days back, we reported of the new Google Search app, today Google now officially launched newly designed Google Search app and the Chrome browser for Windows 8 along with a new site to help you get your Google back.

"The Google Search app comes with a clean and recognizable user interface. Our new voice search lets you naturally speak questions. The image search and image previews are built for swiping. And, as usual, you get immediate results as you type with Google Instant. The doodles you enjoy on special occasions will be right there on the homepage and even show up on the Google tile on your Start screen," Google posted.

"Chrome browser now optimized for touchscreens, including larger buttons and the ability to keep Chrome open next to your other favorite apps. It delivers the fast, secure web experience you've come to expect from Chrome on all your devices."

To get both Google Search and Chrome installed on your Windows 8 machine, just head over to the new site.

Chrome for Windows 8

Google Search App for Windows 8 : Image Search Results

Google also today, unveiling some visual improvements to the basemap -- with that, Google Maps now clearly shows terrain, color gradations to depict vegetation, and labels for natural land formations.

"This enriched visual data allows you to quickly and easily see where the great forests, deserts, and mountain ranges around the world begin and end. It also conveys how natural land formations can impact where, how and why man-made developments like urban cities, dams and bridges are made," Google stated.

In addition to terrain and vegetation information, "labels for large natural features are also now available when searching on Google Maps."

labels for large natural features are also now available when searching on Google Maps

For example, here's how Southern Asia appeared before terrain and vegetation information was added:

And, here's the improved map below:

Google Maps before natural geography enhancements

But now, helpful labels provide more clarity:

Google Maps after terrain and vegetation information was added