The new Google Maps is looking great, but many of us sorely missed the superb and simple “search nearby” function that unexpectedly vanished. Now, it’s finally back.
Although it was little more than a text link at the bottom of your search results, the “search nearby” function in Google Maps was hugely popular for drilling down into what was near where you were. When the revamped Google Maps went live, there was a quiet outcry when “search nearby” was found missing. But casual cartographers around the world are throwing their hats in the air as the function has just been returned to the all-new Google Maps experience.
For the uninitiated, “search nearby” narrows your location searches to the on-screen map, allowing for local places of business and interest to be revealed without actually knowing precisely what you’re looking for. It begins by searching for an address — let’s say a friend’s house you’re visiting — and then clicking the “search nearby” link in the results. For example, you might want to find bars or pizza places near your friend’s house, so the search engine narrows its field of vision to that particular area. Simple and classic.
Head over to Google Maps to try it out.