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Ready or not, the new Google Maps now rolling out to all users

Ready or not, the new Google Maps now rolling out to all users
Google said it plans to roll out the new version of Google Maps to all users over the next few weeks. (Google)

Nearly a year ago Google launched a new version of Google Maps that eager users could voluntarily try. That version has now begun rolling out to all users.

The Mountain View tech giant this week announced that over the coming weeks the "new Google Maps" will replace its predecessor as the default version of the service.

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The new Google Maps features a redesigned look that envelops the entire Web page, unlike the previous version which used about two-thirds of the screen for map imagery and the other third to display information.

Google first introduced the new Google Maps at its developer conference in May. After unveiling the updated software, Google made it possible for users to immediately sign up and try out the service if they wished.

The company said the updated software was designed to provide users with smarter information, but when it first launched in preview mode, the biggest problem was that the new Google Maps was drastically slower than its predecessor. Fortunately, Google appears to have improved the speed of the service.

Google will likely receive backlash from users as it begins switching them over to the new Google Maps, but the company is encouraging them to send feedback that can be used to improve the service.

"With any product redesign, there may be bumps along the road," Google said in a blog post. "We're hoping that you're as excited as we are to navigate uncharted territory in pursuit of the perfect map."

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