+ Sunday June 16th, 2019

Google Maps Search This Area

A couple of enhancements have popped up in Google Maps in the last week giving users a better experience searching specific areas of the map, and making it easier to see streets in turn-by-turn navigation.

A new button labelled “Search This Area” now appears if you perform a search and then pan/zoom the map away from the initial result area. This means users can tell whether they’re getting search results for the area of the map currently being displayed, something Google Maps hasn’t always been clear about.

Note that the “Search This Area” button only appears if you perform a search. If you go to a specific listing (a place marker icon, for example) then this won’t kick in.

In another recent change, street names you’ll be using now appear in floating bubbles attached to streets in turn-by-turn navigation mode. Previously, the street names were not enhanced in any way on the map.

The change makes it much easier to see current and upcoming streets, and means that drivers require less time to glance at the screen while the car is in motion.

We’ve noticed these changes becoming available in the current version of Google Maps, V 9.22.1.

Jason Murray   Assistant Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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Pratik Shah
Pratik Shah

Hi Jason,

Any idea on how to implement this feature via Google Maps API ? I want to implement this in my application but not able to find any doc reference at all

Phill Edwards
Phill Edwards

I’ve been seeing the street name bubbles for a few weeks.

Jason Murray
Jason Murray

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