Last week we reported that Google Maps for the desktop was set to get a new user interface, and apparently this update would be announced at Google I/O which will be taking place later today. However in the meantime, it seems that the Google Maps signup page has gone live for a brief moment, giving the eagle-eyed a quick glimpse at some of the new features that Google will most likely be announcing at their event later on. The page has since been taken down, but we guess with only a couple of hours to go, we won’t have to wait too long to hear the juicy details.
In the meantime for those who are too impatient, some of the new features include the possibility of having a map tailored to your needs, thanks to a phrase that says “tailored map for every search”. We’re not sure what that means, but a customized maps might be possible, perhaps showing the gourmet eater restaurants he/she might like in the area, or the shopaholic new and exciting stores in the city and so on. The screenshots also revealed full-screened maps, a “smarter search box”, and also appears to incorporate Google’s Flight Search feature. In any case we expect these features to be detailed at I/O, so check back with us later for the updates.