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Google Maps navigation interface updates

Google Maps navigation interface is updated with navigation controls from Google Earth and made the transition to Street View smoother. The zoom bar is slightly redesigned, and Street View can now be accessed by clicking on the small yellow person icon (Pegman plucky mascot) above the zoom slider to see the street view imagery for the current location or drag the icon to the correct location.

To enter Street View, drag Pegman to a street (or just keep zooming in all the way, and the lowest zoom level is now Street View imagery). Tip: if you hold Pegman over a location for a second, you’ll see a preview of what it looks like. Which direction you’re facing depends on which side of the street you drag to:

Also, revamped the layout of Street View to give more room for looking at really big stuff, or for zooming in to get a better look at small stuff.

The minimap in the corner lets you see the surrounding area. To see Street View and the map at the same time, you can click on the  icon at the top left of the minimap. Looking up driving directions? This split screen view is especially handy for previewing turns along the way, and each step will be listed at the top of the Street View image.

Google Maps shows small previews when you drag the icon so you can adjust the position. Street View opens in full-screen and the mini-window displayed at the bottom of the map can be maximized when you want to change the location. Street View is a bit more immersive now as it’s not wrapped in a box layer on top of the map anymore, but fills the whole width instead (with a small map appearing in the bottom right). Rotating a panorama photo is possible by moving the “N” symbol of the top compass.

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