Google has announced that starting today, local search results will display an interactive carousel at the top of the page. Users will be shown this carousel when they search for local places, such as restaurants, bars etc. It will list places nearby, clicking on any of the suggestions will bring up more details on it. These details will include overall review score, photos and address. More suggestions can be viewed by clicking the arrow at the right of the carousel. A map appears below it from which users can restrict their search to a specific area.
This interactive carousel has been showing up for some iPad and Nexus users since December. Now it has officially been expanded for desktop users. There’s a little caveat though, for now it is only available to users in the U.S. and it only supports English. Google promises that they will be adding more features and languages over time. Recently Bing too announced a similar feature. It displays a carousel in Bing News, the purpose of which is to make it easier for users to explore people, places and things that they are interested in.