Apparently the new UI will allow search results to be filtered by your Google+ network as well. For fun compare . . .
Yahoo Maps (Nokia):
Bing Maps (part Nokia):
Waze on the PC:
I haven’t really taken a serious look at these sites/platforms (other than Google vs. Apple) in a long time. It’s worth a second look.
And even as Google Maps has established a seemingly insurmountable lead, I think there’s greater acceptance of a range of UIs in maps in a way that there wasn’t only a couple of years ago. The Google Maps “look and feel” has ceased to be the “mapping UI of record.” That opens the door for companies to work with other vendors and APIs (e.g., deCarta).
Which of the UIs above to you prefer and why?