As part of our effort to evolve the Google design and experience, we’ve improved the www.google.com search experience on tablets. We’ve simplified the layout of search results pages and increased the size of page contents like text, buttons and other touch targets to make it faster and easier to browse and interact with search results in portrait or landscape view.
The search button located below the search box provides quick access to specific types of results like Images, Videos, Places, Shopping and more. Just tap to open the search menu and select an option to see results in one category.
For image results, we focused on improvements that enhance the viewing experience such as enlarged image previews, continuous scroll, and faster loading of image thumbnails.
This improved search experience is rolling out in the coming days to iPad and Android 3.1+ tablets across 36 languages. Give it a try by going to www.google.com in your tablet’s browser.
Improved Navigation and live feeds (jamcams included), much better Travel News from the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/travelbeta/birmingham/
Updated design, with wider pages and larger text.
Improved navigation, allowing movement between adjacent geographic areas
Interactive mapping, which can be minimised if you prefer the text incident list
Clearer timestamping of incidents.
Traffic jam cams showing frequently updated still images of traffic conditions on motorways and trunk roads
The text incident list has been updated to improve readability, and is synchronised with the map.
Local weather forecast from the BBC Weather Centre for the next 6 hours from now
Backend improvements to our data-handling system to categorise data, and speed up the reception and delivery of data to the site.
What’s not changed:
BBC’s comprehensive traffic and travel information remains at the core of the service, updated around the clock
The text list remains, and you can hide/minimise the map, to put the functionality of the site back to the way it used to be.
BBC have made the redesign as subtle as possible, in order to retain the things you’ve told us you like about the existing site.
In the final version of the site, you’ll be able to click to see a country-wide motorways or major roads overview from every page.
BBC’s door-to-door journey planner, powered by Transport Direct, remains but has been made more prominent.
Why a new version of BBC Travel News:
“Firstly, to update the design to take advantage of the BBC’s wider page layout, introduce maps across the site for the first time, and make some basic improvements to the presentation of our information Secondly, to improve the data-handling processes behind the scenes, to allow us to separate the data into more useful groups, and reduce the time it takes for the data to reach you Thirdly, to integrate traffic jam cameras (where available) into the main BBC Travel News website alongside our incident data”
3D models in Google Earth have been getting better and better every week, but one key area always remains unfinished — the inside. Modeler ‘PeterG’ has finished modeling the inside of the Leku Chillida Museum and it looks amazing!
The building has just been updated in the main “3D Buildings” layer, and you can fly to it using this KML file.
Here is a quick video tour that he created to show it all off:
This is only possible because of an often-overlooked feature in Google Earth 5.2 — improved camera clipping. Prior to 5.2, you couldn’t zoom in very close to an object or it would disappear from view, so trying to browse around an interior like this would have been virtually impossible. Now with the improved clipping, it works great!
It’s even better when you browse around outside. Nearby buildings are accurately rendered, along with trees, bushes, benches and all kinds of items. It gives the whole area an amazingly realistic feel.