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Google's new travel tools are designed to help plan your next vacation safely

Google's new travel tools are designed to help plan your next vacation safely

Whether you're ready for it or not, a lot of people are planning to travel this summer for the first time in over a year. Even if you're taking a socially distanced vacation, it's essential to keep up with the latest local guidelines and restrictions for wherever you're headed. Google is getting prepared for the summer rush with some new trip-planning tools for its search results.

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[Update: New layer chooser] Google Maps with extensive Material redesign is rolling out to some

[Update: New layer chooser] Google Maps with extensive Material redesign is rolling out to some

Over the past weeks, Google has been transitioning some of its apps to the new Material design. Maps users have seen signs of it too with a few interface elements changing, but nothing as extensive as the full Maps redesign that we were promised at I/O. Now, tipster Daniel has received a server-side update that flips on the entire interface to Material Theme and we can have our first detailed look at the new UI.

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Google Maps' Explore Feature Gets More Useful With Curated Results In San Francisco, New York City, And London

Google Maps' Explore Feature Gets More Useful With Curated Results In San Francisco, New York City, And London

So here's the scenario: you're in San Francisco for the first time. You're starving, but have no idea where to go, what's good, or where to even start. What do you do?

Now, you can open Google Maps, hit the Explore link, and get all the recommendations you could ever hope for. But not just "hey, here's some stuff near you" - starting now, Google is offering curated results in San Francisco, New York City, and London. Basically, this will make it easier to find exactly what you're looking for around your location. That's pretty awesome.

If you're not in any of those areas, though, you can still get the "hey, here's some stuff near you" recommendations, and it looks better than ever thanks to the new interface (in the US and UK only, though).

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