Google Maps Is Changing: Here's What It Looks Like

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Google announced today that it’s rolling out a brand new version of Google Maps for the desktop.¬†

The redesign strips away the side bar you’re used to, and instead uses a tiny floating box where you type in searches. You don’t just have to search for specific addresses either. Just typing in “coffee” or “brunch” will give you a list of suggested venues.¬†Google also added some really cool 3D maps to Google Earth.

Google is only letting a few people try the new Google Maps at first. You can sign up here if you’d like to test it out.

The experience is incredible. See it for yourself in the gallery below.

Here's the welcome screen once you activate the new Google Maps.

It has a very clean look and takes up most of your screen.

Let's find some hamburgers. Google Maps suggests a bunch of places in the San Francisco area.

We love In-N-Out Burger, so we clicked on it. More information about the venue shows up in the box on the left of the screen, including Zagat ratings.

If you click for more information, you're taken to the venue's Google+ page.

Here's what it looks like when you search for driving directions.

You can also select public transit.

Or if you really want to get detailed, you can get a chart of how long it will take you to get to your destination using various modes of transportation.

Here's what it looks like when you switch to Google Earth's view. You get a stunning 3D rendering of cities and landmarks.

Here's New York. See those photos at the bottom of the screen? They give you a deeper look at some popular destinations in the city you're looking at. Let's check out the Brooklyn Bridge.

Google shows you a slide show of photos detailing popular landmarks and other locations.

Now check out a phone running Google's Android...

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