Google search updated its web experience for the English-speaking iPad users in the U.S. will now see a new, interactive experience when they search for restaurants, bars or other local places on Google.
In addition to the regular search results, a "horizontal carousel" of local search results will now appear at the top of the page.
For example, "say you're located in New York City and you search for [ramen shops]. On the carousel, you can quickly and easily see a place's overall review-based score, address and a picture related to the location. A quick swipe displays additional results. If you find a place you're interested in, simply click on its image to get a card that can be expanded to show more detailed information, reviews, and more. If you really want to find a business in a specific geographic area, click on the "map" button in the upper right corner to view the same places on a fully interactive map," google explains.
In other Google news, after making available YouTube on Wii U GamePad, Google is planning to launch Google Maps app Street View on the GamePad.
In a blog Nintendo announced today that Google Maps will be arriving on the Wii U gaming console in early 2013, delivering a unique Street View mode for the GamePad touchscreen controller that allows users to pan around various locations as they view satellite map imagery on their television.
Nintendo also discussed a special Panorama View app, "which will feature 360-degree videos, not just static imagery, that users can pan around using the GamePad."