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October 30, 2014


Is the issue with Google Maps loss of functionality or loss of convenience? You can still get to street view by passing through the information "card" for some identified location close enough to use as the starting point for your exploration. Post of the motivation for the change might have been compatibility with the card interface in Google Now. It also may be that users more frequently want to search around a business or landmark (as I do when looking for parking lots) than around arbitrary map points (middle off Elm St.), in which case anchoring on a known landmark makes sense.

Paul: In my case it's loss of functionality. Maybe the post makes it sound like a "nice thing to have", but when I drive I need to be able to zoom on parts of the map that the new Google Maps is not letting me do. This is particularly true for long-distance drives when at the end, driving into the city, Google Maps wants me to take exits and drive to my destination in ways I don't want to do. I want to correct the itinerary (I particularly want to know if Google agrees it's doable or if there's a one-way street I'm not aware of) But I can't zoom on that part of the itinerary because of the lack of navigation button. I also don't necessarily know monuments on the route. If I knew the route I wouldn't need Google Maps... Maybe the Google folks don't understand that some people actually use their car (gasp) to drive (gasp) long distances. It just boggles the mind how they had a perfectly fine product before and made it worse.

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