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Google Maps Labs Launched

Google always like to test new features via their Labs. Most of the big Google products like Google Mail, Youtube, Google Search has a Labs section where they usually have a lot of hidden features & gems.

Today I’m really excited to see that one of my favorite Google products – Google Maps has just launched a Labs section on their website where they have already put up about 10 new add-ons.

Like any other Google Labs repository, Google Maps Labs will work as testing ground for experimental features that aren’t quite ready for primetime. Google clearly states that these feature may change, break or disappear at any time, so apply them with caution.

How to Enable Google Maps Labs

If you want to enable and browse the Google maps Labs, just visit the main maps page and click the green flask at the top and you get a chance to enable features like the following:

google maps labs screensot

Some of the cool features that is currently available under Google Maps Labs are as follows:

Drag ‘n’ Zoom
With this feature Zooming in on a specific part of the map will become very fast and easy. With a simple click on Drag ‘n’ Zoom button, you will be able to draw a box on the map, and zoom!

Aerial Imagery
Aerial imagery gives you rotatable, high-resolution overhead imagery presented in a new perspective.

Where in the World Game
This is a really fun feature that lets you test your knowledge of world geography! You will have to guess the name of the country from satellite imagery, and try to beat your top score!

Rotatable Maps
Tired of North always being up? Add rotatable map types and give East, West and South a fair go.

What’s Around Here?
This neat feature adds a second search button that searches for “*”, returning the top results in the current view. A great way to browse the map.

LatLng Tooltip
Displays a tooltip next to the mouse cursor showing the latlng directly underneath it.

LatLng Marker
Adds an option to the context menu that lets you drop a mini marker showing the latlng of the position that the cursor was pointing at when the context menu was evoked

…..and many more! Try out the Google Maps Labs today!


Google Maps Now Suggests Places

google-maps-logo Google Maps has recently launched a new and nifty feature that automatically makes suggestion to similar places that you may like based on your search query in maps. So if you search for a restaurant that you love, Google maps will automatically suggest other restaurants on that area that you may love.

According to the Google LatLong blog, suggestions to places aren’t based on a specific characteristic. Google uses a “broad set of signals” to deliver recommendations.

google-maps-place-suggest

Even though this feature is not available in Malaysia/Singapore yet for me to test out, I really feel that this feature will be extremely useful for travelers who are searching for hotels, restaurants or bars in any given area.

Search Engine Land recently pointed out that Google Maps will also be rolling out yet another compelling feature that will enable you view inside of the store. Similar to street views, Google Store Views will allow people to visually walk into the store from Maps. Now that’s cool!