Discussion in 'computers, web and general tech' started by weltweit, Feb 1, 2014.
Just to say .. it's great isn't it ...
I find it a lot harder to use the new version than the old one.
Hmm .... haven't really had enough of a play to see the new features.
On the PC it looks quite similar, not found differences on my iPhone yet.
What differences have you noticed?
Just pretty much the whole UI.
You can get the old one by using incognito mode in Chrome (or similar in another browser). I was extremely pissed off with it when it first installed on my home PC. I use Google Maps constantly at work and have been using it a lot at home too (house hunting) and after nearly a month of constant use I'm okay with it. Still get pissed off at the pictures that pop up at the bottom every time you change view and the fect that you can't use the scroll wheel to get from overhead to streetview but the full screen is fantastic and it's much much easier to get a route between any two mouse clicks on the map.
Oh, I obviously need to pay more attention
I use it on my iPhone 4s as a sat nav.
It is good up until the last half mile when it seems to get muddled and send me off in the wrong direction.
Hope they have improved on that in this upgrade.
I'm very old and I fear change.
But the full screen is woefully compromised by sticking all that gubbins over the top of it. Another irritation - of many - is that you can no longer navigate around Street View by dragging the little pegman figure around the mini-map.
But you can still move around street view by moving the thingy ..... ??
It took me forever to find out that you click on where you want to go on the little map, rather than dragging the figure. But ultimately it's just a change for change's sake rather than something that confers any benefit to the user.
I think we could have a thread along the lines of Google Maps Street View images of places in the world you have visited.
So easy to get a screen grab of somewhere exotic you visited.
Perhaps include no identifying marks and people can guess where it is?
I find the new version really annoying and don't see why they changed it tbh.
As a satnav it's crap, it never seems to give you the instruction early enough.
That's why you get navigation as well on Android .
Although it's slightly creepy when I've been googling on my desktop and it appears on my phone. Also how it know where home is and I've never told it.
That's the one I mean. It's just not very good.
Tbf I use a dedicated sat nav most of the time as don't like relying on having mobile data, but it's got me though busy places fine when needed.
Of all the software/devices I use navigation is the one I think has biggest scope for improvement.
Yeah, I've got a Garmin, a TomTom, Apple Maps and Google Navigation. Of the two dedicated units the Garmin is nicer to use and of the phone based options Apple maps is better at the core navigation, with Google still having the edge for points of interest type stuff.
It's only a small thing, but would be really use, but are any of these smart about finding things, say, fuel. If I'm on the motorway, I'm not bothered by the closest, but the closest that won't take me much of my journey.
Go on then...
This is the only website I can go on at work, because I use it for my job.
I have spent so much time just pissing about on streetview. I don't even look around exotic locations that much, just aimlessly trundle around the streets near my customers houses. I quite like seeing what different neighbourhoods look like. One time I decided to have a look around Brixton because of the u75 connection and I found the albert.
When we had an internet lockdown at work a couple of years ago, me and a friend used to have competitions to see who could find visible street prostitution in a given area.
Now that sounds like a fun game. Plans for todays shift sorted.
Shame the got rid of the Wikipedia overlay - this was a fab feature to use when exploring areas to visit.
It knows where you home is because it uses GPS. Presumably it tells you when you are at home. Also I imagine you have synchronised your versions of Googlemaps on your phone and desktop.
Oh I know. It's just how well it's linked it. Not convinced it's just gps either as I don't have it always have to turned on.
Street View is a thing of genius.
I wonder how much added value that thing has given to the world. I use a combination of street view and google satellite view in work. Whereas in the past I would've had to drive out to the area myself.
Sucking the devil's teat. I love letting the NSA know where I am.
Still use it though out of laziness and a lack of much interesting in my life.
Google knows what my mobile number is despite me never telling it.
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