Google updates its search results UI to better display maps and other location results / Digital Information World

Google updates its search results interface to display the map differently, emulating a local pack design that’s better suited for desktops, reports SALT.

Google’s affinity for coming up with newer and newer ways to play with the Maps interface, or at least something adjacent to it, honestly knows no bounds. I’ll list a few highlights, but honestly, if you can’t find an interface update yet, wait a minute or two. That’s not to say updates are all bad. In fact, constant updates have kept the interface relevant and constantly useful, even though most updates are just simple tweaks to the UI itself or an update. prerequisite requiring fine tuning.

The search engine itself also receives an endless list of updates, as Google continues to invest in ensuring that one of its most used products of all time is always up to date and fresh for users. . It’s only recently that Search has had dozens upon dozens of landmarks rendered in 3D and added to its results. This way, users can explore a fully rotating version of historically significant structures such as the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Before that, there was a series of animals that had very nicely rendered 3D models added to the results, roars, animations and all. At this point, ex-Google Poly employees wonder why their time and effort wasn’t spent here instead of, well, getting kicked out. Then again, someone has to keep filling up the Google graveyard every few months or so, or everyone becomes suspicious.

The new search interface change is nothing particularly special and only acts to provide a slightly better visual guide to users. Searching for a particular location will now display maps on the right side of the screen, with relevant locations appearing right next to it on the left of the screen. This apparent combination is called local pack and allows small business owners and others to showcase their stores much higher in search results. In this way, many people who gain a large part of their audience and traffic through Google, advertisements and so on, have a higher chance of gaining more customers. It’s also a screen that fits the larger screen that a desktop or laptop typically carries.

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