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How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? jasongeurts 6/11/13 3:16 PM
In the old Google Maps I could click on a pin and select "search nearby" to find whatever I needed. For instance, if was to visit a client and then I wanted to get tacos afterwards, in the old Google Maps I could have found the company's pin on the map and chose search nearby for tacos. 

How do I get this same functionality in the new Google Maps? 

Thanks. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Daniel (Google Community Manager) 6/11/13 5:02 PM
Hey jasongeurts, 

You can simply search "tacos near mountain view" 


Or, simply zoom to the selected area and search for "tacos"


Hope that helps!
-Daniel 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? mskarenlynn 6/12/13 8:54 AM
I have had the same frustration, and although I see that Daniel offered an alternative, it's not the same.

His first suggestion of using a search like "search 'tacos near mountain view'" works with cities and addresses, but I can't make it work with a business name. you have to go through the extra step of finding/knowing the address first. even then, the way the map marks that address isn't nearly as visible as the green pin that appeared with the old version.

With his second suggestion, you can't mark your location the way you used to be able to, and it's hard to see how close results are to your original location.

Not happy with the change to this feature at all! I used it extensively.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? jasongeurts 6/12/13 9:05 AM
Thanks Karen, totally agree. 

Please bring it back Google! 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? WishR 6/26/13 2:00 AM
Yup, definitely not working especially that addresses are not as clear as the rest of the perfectly-addressed world. PLEASE BRING SEARCH NEARBY BACK!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Luap13 7/10/13 10:23 AM
I agree with other posters.  I miss search nearby - please bring it back!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Arndt Ohler 7/14/13 1:48 AM
Totally agree with other posters. The old search nearby function was far superior to the functions in new google maps. Please bring it back.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Yuk Hung 7/16/13 3:45 PM
it is so furstrating not to be able to find "search nearby" intuitively.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Pete Gurtowsky 7/17/13 11:25 AM
please bring back "search near by". i like the new look and feel, but the search feature seems cumbersome.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Daniel D (Maps) 7/18/13 10:21 AM
Hi all,

Thanks for your feedback!  It sounds like this is an important issue to you.  Could you clarify for us what you liked about "Search nearby" that is missing in the new Google Maps?

You can search the new Google Maps for things near businesses.  For example, try searching "tacos near gary danko" and you'll see taco places near Gary Danko's restaurant in San Francisco.

Is your frustration primarily with the new color and size of the icon - from big and green to smaller and gray?

Thanks,
Daniel
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jenn Rudiger 7/18/13 2:04 PM
Daniel,
For me a lot of times I want to find the nearest metro stop and then get directions from that.  It used to be a simple process:  1) find where I'm going; 2) use "search nearby", 3) add the location  found in the search to the directions box.  Viola'!  Now I can't even find the metro station logos on the map.  Ugh.  This means I actually have to know this procedure and type more.  The old way was cleaner and more intuitive.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? jumptech 7/18/13 3:00 PM
Daniel

Most of the time when a person reaches for a map, they are on unfamiliar territory. I use "Search nearby" extensively to search in areas I am not familiar with in the first place. I simply put a pin in a within the general area of interest on the map and then search nearby for gas, chinese, pizza etc. Don't need to know about "gary danko" to get my search groove on.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Luap13 7/19/13 10:49 AM
Daniel

As described in one of the earlier posts:

"you can't mark your location the way you used to be able to, and it's hard to see how close results are to your original location."

If I have searched for the office address of a client I will be visiting and then I search nearby for hotels using the old search, the pin for my client's address stays on the map so I can see the location of the office and the hotels in the area.  Although not directly related to the "search nearby" if I have multiple stops to make in an area or a town on the old maps I could have multiple pins for the various offices as well as a search nearby for hotels.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CM Kenny 7/20/13 4:22 AM
What I liked about "search nearby" older vs newer, it that the older did not assume what I want int my search.  Currently, when I enter the address, the results box reads "explore this area" and **"automatically"** enters businesses I have "no" interest in exploring.  If that part of the bar read "search nearby" it would be easier and feel more intuitive.  for example, when I entered an address, the search result provided me with italian restaurants. I was looking for hotel. It was not helpful.  I now understand I have to add the search in front of the address i.e. hotel, street address, is now the new "search nearby".  It doesn't feel as intuitive or as "clear" as the "search nearby"
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Stoneguard 7/20/13 6:37 AM
Daniel,

I too am in this same boat. Less typing, more ability to mouse-click feels more intuitive in a situation like this. If I am visiting a friend in New York, I would rather put in their street address, the click that address to have the option to search nearby for whatever I am looking for. While for you that may feel like two steps instead of one, I may be searching over and over for many things near where they live; a doggy park, good sushi, good Italian food, a dry cleaners, etc. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? WorldlyTraveler 7/21/13 10:40 PM
I feel the same way as a few in this thread. I travel a lot to new areas and us the "find nearby" to find all I need near my hotel. The new maps removes the source location so it's very hard get from a-z. I love to to inundated with 20 choices for sushi on the old map and the new map only brings up 2 from the same address. The only delta is the old .vs new maps...figure it out Google!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? y0812 7/21/13 10:41 PM
Agree , as a user I want to have control over the things I search for, and where to center the search. The old google maps was superior in being able to search for what i wanted, not cafes bars and restaurants which I never use. I try to change 'cafes' to the search string I want, and FAIL. Its similar to Microsoft Start Menu, you can achieve the same result by entering a search string but that's not what the user wants to do, 
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Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? WishR 7/22/13 1:42 AM
It is indeed harder for me to track down nearby places as typing more makes the results skewed to giving you more recommendations outside what you are searching for. The old "search nearby" link is so straightforward that it gives you very specific results.

For a practical example: I send flowers, cakes or gifts to my friends who happened to live around the world... some of the places I haven't been to. I would type my friend's address, click 'search nearby', type 'cupcake delivery' and voila! I did it again with the new one, type "cupcake delivery near [specific address]" and the results are overwhelming, confusing and too skewed (it was even just looking for cupcake delivery in Palo Alto). It took a a longer time to figure it out, I have to go through more lists and 3/4 of them had been useless.

Mind you, the search is not as easy as in San Francisco... other non-English countries (my latest example was Spain and Czech Republic searches) may have more complicated names so it is just not that practical. 

So it's not about the new color and size of the icons at all, it's the link function itself is now missing.


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Daniel D (Maps) 7/22/13 9:44 PM
Hi all,

Thanks again for your feedback.  So I'm hearing there are two issues at hand:

#1) Old Maps made it easier to search for fill-in-the-blank near a given address or business.  Indeed in new maps you can search for the address or business, and then change the searchbox to whatever you want (e.g. "pizza"), but then you'll lose the marker on the original address.  If you want to see pizza places and also the original address then currently you have to type "pizza near address".

#2) It sounds like some users are getting different results between using the old "Search nearby" feature and typing "search near address" in the new Google Maps.  Can someone give me an example for us to look into?

Thanks!

Daniel
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Myra Bronstein 7/22/13 10:51 PM
I'm here for the same reason.  Want the "search nearby" functionality back.  Asap please/thank you.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Peter Koppenaal 7/23/13 10:14 AM
Haven't posted on these forums forums before, just found this with a search, so I hope this post is in the right place.

1)I was driving from Florida to new jersey, and when I searched for "Starbucks" or another restaurant chain the results list started with locations like New York, St. Louis, and Madison WI. I was in Florida when I got these results.
2)When I entered "Starbucks near my location" I was directed to a Starbucks in Malaysia (sic).
3) When driving on the interstate highway headed north, and searching for "restaurants" all results were south of me.

These were the results many times

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CM Kenny 7/23/13 11:39 AM
Your questions:

#1) Old Maps made it easier to search for fill-in-the-blank near a given address or business.  Indeed in new maps you can search for the address or business, and then change the searchbox to whatever you want (e.g. "pizza"), but then you'll lose the marker on the original address.  If you want to see pizza places and also the original address then currently you have to type "pizza near address". Correct. It's actually feels counter intuitive to readd an address that was already on the map. The old maps, dropped the pin and searched around the pin **and equally important** could see on the map where the locations where located. Simply adding "hotel", "restaurant", "train", etc. is not easier because the pin is lost. If I was already living in the area or familiar with the region, maybe it would be easier, but typically I'm searching because I am not familiar with location and area. 

#2) It sounds like some users are getting different results between using the old "Search nearby" feature and typing "search near address" in the new Google Maps.  Can someone give me an example for us to look into? when I searched for multiple businesses, the pin dropped and had to reenter the physical address. Although I will admit, I can get used to the new process, the older process just seems more user friendly for me, who did not grow up on technology...although my 78 yo mother is doing just fine with google maps...
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Gregory Scharfstein 7/23/13 12:56 PM
It is painful to read this thread about search nearby.

I am confused why you (Daniel) do not understand the incredible usefulness (if that's a word) of the classic search nearby functionality.

It's like you have never used google maps.

Or better yet ... the lack of understanding is the fact that classic google maps "trained us" to find a location ... then once there, do the search nearby. that makes hella sense ...

your recommendation to type "search near address" is interesting ... my response is ... why have google maps at all ... I would just type that in google or in chrome ... plus, that's a lot of typing for me for each search ...

perhaps I am missing something ...

I guess what I am trying to say is: be careful how you train us to use your products and then, in a new version, want to completely retrain us for no apparent reason ... that smells a lot like microsoft.

was google maps classic broken? why was it "fixed"? are you guys bored over there?

good luck,


gregg
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Daniel D (Maps) 7/23/13 4:46 PM
@Peter K. - You should be able to search for something like "Starbucks" and then move the map to the area you are searching.  You are correct that "Starbucks near my location" is currently broken, so please try "Starbucks near me" in the meantime.  Unfortunately we don't directly support searches for places along a directions route.  It's a priority we're looking into.

@CM Kenny, Gergory, and others - We're considering addressing your feedback by letting you "pin" markers on the map, and then those markers will stay there as you conduct other searches like "coffee" or "home improvement stores."  This will provide more flexibility to do more things, like keep multiple addresses on the map at the same time.  For example, if you want to search for "restaurants" near your hotel and/or near your conference center, then Classic Maps didn't let you do that very easily (because you could only Search Nearby one thing at a tim), but New Maps would.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? WishR 7/23/13 10:28 PM
@Gregory - that is unfair to attack Daniel like that. He needs constructive feedback and specifics so he could fully send this frustration of ours clearly back to their product team and address it fully.

@Daniel - no doubt there are new capabilities the new maps have now but some features just tend for everyone to type and click more than before. UX needs more effort than it did previously. Visibility - yes, the maps are enhanced and bigger, but how about an overlay of the significant searches? That "search nearby" has to be more visible instead of typing (and clicking) way too much. 

 


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Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? John Montgomery1 7/24/13 12:18 AM
The answer that works is use the WILDCARD search symbol * otherwise known as the asterisk! I just select the area I'm in then type * in the search box and then I hit the list symbol next to the search box and I have ALL things around me. And yes they do match the same ones that were found in the old Google Maps version! I'm using a Galaxy S3 phone and so far I'm getting great results going around town doing this!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Stephen8 7/24/13 1:15 AM
Just wanted to add support for keeping search nearby - I use this feature more than anything and now it is not easy.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Hprog 7/24/13 3:17 AM
I was testing the new Google Maps version by checking on a trip I'lll make soon. Since the city is quite far away from where I live, the first obvious choice was to look for airports nearby. When I do it with the old Google Maps, I get several results around the city, whilst not losing perspective of where I am. With the new version, it tooke me directly to only one airport nearby and that was it, I had to click and click to find the city again and no other airports were shown. This is a major setback for such a useful feature!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ddd4 7/26/13 6:29 AM
Agree with others, please give us back the "search nearby" features of the old Google Maps. I use Google Maps a lot and I hate the loss of functionality with the new maps. It may be pretty, but it doesn't work as well for finding and getting places...which is what maps are for. It doesn't matter how pretty it is if it doesn't help you. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CM Kenny 7/26/13 7:13 AM
Thanks Daniel...I'm sure you know *not* to personalize feedback. I'm grateful you are listening and providing feedback. Allow the "pin" to stay put while conducting multiple searches will be soooo helpful!!  Thank you and google for listening to your users.  When there are many options available in our world, those companies who provide  excellent customer service are the most chosen and long-last relationships!


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jrau13 7/27/13 7:12 AM
First time posting here.
I use Google Maps extensively for work and the loss of "Search Nearby" has caused me some issues. I am just chiming in and see that the topic has been covered extensively. Hope there is a solution soon.

Best
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Rene Carballo 7/27/13 4:21 PM
'Or, simply zoom to the selected area and search for "tacos"'
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Yeah, that doesn't work. Maybe zoom, then type "nearby tacos". Even then, the posted distances are wrong. They are measured from the GPS acquired location, not the zoomed location.

That is, if I'm in D.C., zoom to Topping, VA, then search "nearby oyster", the new app does list nearby oyster farms. The trouble is the the posted distances are from D.C., not Topping.

Daniel. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. What was so wrong with the old version?

Please put it back the way it was.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Daniel D (Maps) 7/27/13 6:30 PM
I've filed your feedback with the team in charge of displaying distances.  Currently we always show the distance of a result from your home or work location, whichever is closer.  I agree it makes more sense to sometimes show the distance of a result to the last point that you searched (or, in the future, pinned).
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? TheRuss 7/28/13 9:13 AM
I think Google needs to go back and re-visit the old version and add the features back into this new version.  I don't understand the thinking of removing features that we have used for years when updating the application.  Update the look and improve the functionality of the existing features.  As someone mentioned, the Pin is no longer used.  I use to type my zip code in and a pin would display.  You could click on the pin and perform several different functions, including search nearby.  Now it's gone.  Why?  Why remove this feature when it worked so great?  I am in software testing and I can't believe Google would have performed a UAT (User Acceptance Test) and not have received complaints about the same issues raised in this thread.

So Daniel, all you need to take from this thread is that the users want the the old features and functionality back in Google Maps.  Keep the new look but add the old features.

Thanks.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? HaBIT75 7/28/13 9:21 AM
I travel a lot in my spare time to places I have never been and don't know what's in the area, the old what's near by let me view easily shops attractions etc with out me having to know what was already there. Now the app is just a map with navigation with what's near by for tourists it is useless. If I want to know where the nearest Starbucks is its fine but if I just want to see coffee shops nearby it doesn't work bring back what's nearby and the categories rather than specific searches.

Pleeeeeease put it back I have no why of planning trips and organising attractions to see when away.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Myra Bronstein 7/28/13 11:29 AM

Totally agree TheRuss. Hard to believe UAT ever would have blessed this version and/or written requirements to implement google maps as is.


Google maps used to be an invaluable tool and part of my daily life. It no longer is.


Here's how I used to use google maps Daniel:


1-Look up an address to find the general area.


Still able to do but now there's a big drop down in the way—blocking a lot of the map--that shows street view.  I do like the street view.


Also, after looking at the location on map and satellite view the red pin marker often disappears. I cant reproduce it reliably (tho' I probably could if I was getting paid :)) but assume it's a bug.


2-Get directions from one address to another address.


That works fine.


3-Add another destination to the existing direction from one address to another address.


Near as I can tell this functionality was removed and it's a huge loss.


4-Toggle between Drive and Walk views.


That works fine.


5-Use “Search Nearby” option


Drop down appears for an address with "Explore this area" that has limited hard-wired options "coffee shops, monuments, pizza." After selecting one (e.g., coffee shops) I can then type over the "coffee shops loc" with another category, but it's a work around and far less convenient and even then the results don't include a nice list like before, just icons on the map.


6-Look at Street View and rotate the view and maybe e-stroll around for some e-xercise


That works fine. Continue to love it.


Esp love the new street view address previews in an image ribbon along the bottom.

Big kudos to google for this.


7-Toggle between Sattelite and Map views.


That works fine. Continue to love it.


Bottom line I like the new features but miss and need the removed “Search Nearby” option, and the “Add Destination” option.


Thanks for listening google/Daniel. I hope you rectify these issues soon because google maps used to be invaluable and now I'm looking for alternatives.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? J.D. Davis 7/28/13 3:51 PM
Daniel,

I think one thing being missed is that in the old Google Maps,  I could select a location so that the red market popped up, select the marker, and then had the option to select "what's nearby". Regardless if I am looking for coffee, tacos, pizza, drinks, etc... This was a wonderful function and hope Google can bring it back.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? J.D. Davis 7/28/13 3:55 PM
Looks like Myra nailed it before I did.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? iada 7/29/13 2:59 AM
I use the "What's nearby" feature to look up the details (adress, name) of a place, of which I only know the approximate location, but not the name or classification. Is there a way to do this in the new Google maps? The place didn't show up when fully zoomed in.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? LARB 7/29/13 9:01 PM
I just wanted to add my support to bringing back the "search nearby" feature. I do a lot of traveling and always used the "search nearby" feature to find things near where I will be going. I finally just switched back to the old Google Maps because this.

I'm sure others have already explained this, but in the old Google Maps, you type in the location address, a peach round marker with the letter A shows up on the map, you click on the marker (or under the address listed on the left) and are given the options: "Direction", "Save to Map", "Search Nearby", "more". You click on "Search Nearby", type in what you are looking for (coffee, post office, Walgreens, etc), click "Search". Your marker changes to a green arrow and rounded peach markers with letters show up on the map with a corresponding list on the left of all the locations that meet your search description. As you zoom in or out, it adjusts the locations accordingly. Just to be even more specific, I attached several screens shots of the process.

While I'm not going to criticize any of the new features available on Google Maps, since I'm sure they were added for a reasons, the "Search Nearby" feature was invaluable and some of the new features are completely useless to me and their windows were quickly closed. I hope something is being done to remedy this problem, as I see this thread was started on June 11 and I am writing this on July 29. As it stands, as long as Google doesn't get rid of the old Google Maps, I'll stay with that. If they do, I might just have to switch to -- gasp -- Mapquest or Yahoo Maps. Never thought I'd ever hear myself say that.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Myra Bronstein 7/29/13 9:33 PM
Great description and screen captures Linsay.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? rafi yehezak-el 7/29/13 10:34 PM
Great idea,
maybe
a floating bar that a person can add to him buttons on demand.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? rafi yehezak-el 7/29/13 10:54 PM
hello daniel,

Would be nice if you add to that the general direction (North / South / East / West or Maybe an arrow next to the search results) and as soon as I know which direction I travel:
1. I know if it's on my way or not.
2. I can Determine How much I have to deviate out of
my way.

for exampel:
If I'm driving down the road to the north and there is a restaurant 500 meters to the west, or five kilometers to the north (which is the direction i travel), I can choose whether to deviate to the left now, or
Continue to move on.

Thank you very much

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Hprog 7/30/13 4:00 AM
I agree with Linsay. I've already started trying Bing Maps looking for alternatives. Never thought I'd say that either.

Something more: why is the start location always the USA instead of my default location???
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CM Kenny 7/30/13 5:40 AM
When you find an alternative for "search nearby" can you please post to let us know....THANKS!!  In the meantime I'll figure out how to go back to older google maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Hprog 7/30/13 5:46 AM
Well, on Bing you have two fields to fill in, one for category and one for place. I entered a city on the place field and it took me there, then I wrote airport on the other field and it displayed all nearby airports to this city. Like I wrote before, this feature wouldn't work with the new google maps, for it would take me automatically to only one of these airports and the pin of the city would be gone. The other airports wouldn't show in the search. Quite unpractical, if you ask me.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Hprog 7/30/13 5:55 AM
Oh and I just tried Yahoo Maps and it's not as intuitive as Google or Bing, so it produces less reliable results. I don't want to change from google maps, but this feature is a key for anyone travelling to places they don't know.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jenn Rudiger 7/30/13 6:22 AM
Just go under the blue "Help & Feedback" tab and tell it you want to go back to the old version.  Then click "Yes" when it asks if you want it to be permanent.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CM Kenny 7/30/13 3:57 PM
I went to Bing maps and did not like as much. I figured out how to go back to older google maps and using this until it's either resolved or I find an app that works best....My hope is google will listen and reinstall "search nearby" in the meantime, using older google maps. Thanks everyone for feedback/commentary. And, if anyone finds a good app, please share too!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Hprog 7/30/13 11:35 PM
I don't like Bing that much either, but it's the necessary search for alternatives if Google doesn't work this out. I'm using the old version of Google Maps and will stick to it until they don't support it anymore.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Nina Datsenko 7/31/13 4:10 AM
John,

May be you can help me? I use a Galaxy S3 phone too.
In old version: when I review some area, I can "tap" on map and had answers - what is were here, and then I can search what is were near this "here".
Now - how you find all? I try yours metod. But. If I zooming a interesting place on map and typing * (star) then map moving on absolutly another place (not interesting for me) in map and show to me something one: some store or cafe.

SFME
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CM Kenny 8/2/13 6:14 AM
Daniel you posted on 7/27/13 :I've filed your feedback with the team in charge of displaying distances.  Currently we always show the distance of a result from your home or work location, whichever is closer.  I agree it makes more sense to sometimes show the distance of a result to the last point that you searched (or, in the future, pinned).

any update?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Laura Corsetto 8/2/13 8:22 AM
Completely agree, Linsay! 
 
Thank you for going through the trouble to capture pictures of the process as well.  To summarize the must-haves (for Daniel's benefit, or anyone else at Google "watching"):
  1. Intuitive "search nearby" click option clearly displayed upon searching for an address or business.
  2. List of locations meeting search criteria nearby original location displayed next to map with markers (like "old" Google Maps).
  3. List of locations meeting search criteria change as map is zoomed in and out, which updated distances from original location (like "old" Google Maps).
This was the best feature about Google Maps versus all the other "maps" options on the web.  I was able to find what I wanted very quickly, and could feel confident about traveling to someplace new armed with all kinds of information about food, cleaners, businesses, schools, etc nearby to any location.  This was especially invaluable when we were searching for a home or for an apartment to rent in a new area.  The larger and uncluttered maps with the "new" version are very nice esthetically; however it's too difficult to access the search functionality, and when accessed this function does not provide the same useful information as before.
 
I'll be sticking to the "old" Google Maps for now as well.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? myra bronstein2 8/2/13 10:07 AM
Good list Laura.

I also miss the "Add Destination" feature so I can string together a day of errands in a logical geographical sequence.
Where'd that go?
Is is there but I'm overlooking it?

I'll switch back to old google maps as well.
Humbug.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? devans00_2 8/3/13 10:05 AM
I used Search Nearby in areas I'm not familiar with.  I don't know the streets or local business but the feature helped me find what I was looking for.

For instance, if I shopped at a clothing store, I could used Search Nearby to find the closest Walgreens.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Myra Bronstein 8/3/13 8:51 PM
Switching back to old google maps displays a survey asking why.
Good chance for us to, again, state the problems with new google maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? D. K. Kurtz 8/6/13 6:02 PM
I, too, use the "Search Nearby" function frequently -- not for work, but just because I wander when I'm out, and I like finding new places.  But when I search for something new, I don't know exactly what I'm looking for ... and that's where "Search Nearby" came in handy.  I don't mind "featured" locations, but the featured locations don't tell me everything, and telling me everything is supposed to be what Google's about, right?  I miss "Search Nearby", and I want it back.

Thanks, too, for considering adding the ability to pin a location marker before a new search, and to calculate distance from the pin.  It is most frustrating to start a new search near a location, only to have the previous location disappear.  My memory is not so good that I can remember the last address I searched.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? aarshstalati1989 8/7/13 10:25 AM
Most importantly, what you are suggesting is fine but I want it back because in addition to getting direction, I was also able to get "nearby" stuff just by clicking on the balloon ! They are now two separate queries :-( Google is well known for smarter solutions to save load on server and to save users' time, and I'm sure this functionality would be sorted out somehow. Good Luck !
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? nakedidea 8/7/13 11:00 AM
THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING! 

I truly love Google Maps, they have saved me thousands of times.

But when I search a location, I want the option to do my own "Search of things nearby"

The "EXPLORE THIS AREA" gives me things that I'M NOT INTERESTED IN. I want to "EXPLORE THIS AREA WITH MY OWN SEARCHES"

I really don't want to type "search [store] near my address/business". 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Santiago Draco 8/7/13 1:42 PM
Fact is the new google maps is MUCH less intuitive and MUCH more confusing and difficult to use than the previous version.    That's sad considering the positives in the new version.

1.  No Nearby search.
2.  Starting navigation takes multiple clicks and might as well be hidden away in some deep dark location no one can find.   If I type in directions with current location and destination the "navigate" symbol to start navigation SHOULD BE RIGHT ON THE PAGE" not hidden way under some obscure secondary pages.
3.  I should be able to right click a spot on the map and get applicable options NOT have to use some catchall bar on the top left.
4.  I really don't care about all these different routes.   Just get me there with the best choice and if I don't like it then I can select "routes" to see alternatives.   Instead give me more useful information, like a) the navigate now button b) search on the way or c) the number to the google maps developers to complain about the new UI

:)
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Santiago Draco 8/7/13 1:44 PM
That's not helpful.

The original Google Maps was clear and easy to use out of the box.  

The new Google Maps requires training to figure out how to use it.

That is bad in any intelligent developers book.   If it's less intuitive you broke it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? elleestfolle 8/7/13 11:36 PM
I can't use it. I've had to go to MapQuest which was not my preferred map...until Google 'fixed' it. Windows 7, GetGlue, Windows Office 2010 Suite all do the same thing. They 'updated' the software w/ apparently not enough testing in the wild. It prevents me from quickly accomplishing tasks and I can't afford that while driving.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? elleestfolle 8/7/13 11:36 PM
Agreed a million percent.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? radiohead14 8/8/13 9:43 AM
the old way was much simpler and easier to use.. plain and simple.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Myra Bronstein 8/8/13 10:12 AM
Yup, what radiohead14 said.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? tjell20 8/10/13 10:49 AM
Any update? As others attest 'search nearby' is valuable and much missed, Daniel? Will we get it back?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Myra Bronstein 8/10/13 12:01 PM
I'm curious as well if there are updates.  Has a decision been reached about restoring the "search nearby" functionality?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Nissa Salvan 8/13/13 8:16 AM
I also agree, so far I find these new maps frustrating
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? shibi chandran 8/13/13 10:44 AM
U can always "return to classic google maps" to search nearby. Good thing the old version is not fully erased
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Rosemary Thomas 8/14/13 1:32 PM
I love the "search nearby" feature and use it all the time.  I'll continue to use your old version of maps.google.com until you don't have it as an option anymore!  I have paper maps which I can use to get me from here to there.  The sole reason that I use an e-map is for the "search nearby."

The new "explore this area" is useless.  I just looked up an address and wanted to find a nearby coffee shop.  My options in "explore...' are "movie theaters, pizza, haunted houses."  Seriously?  Haunted houses?  Thank goodness that the old map is still available because I found my coffee shop and I'm sitting there, now, :)

Also, I wish I could toggle on and off the drop down thing on the left side of the screen.  It's in the way, and if it's possible to make it go away, I can't figure out how.

Rosemary
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Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? JMRNY 8/16/13 8:35 PM
I am adding my support to bring back the search nearby feature by clicking on the red pin.  

This was one of my core uses of maps.  Now I just get frustrated at maps for all the reasons mentioned above.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? JMRNY 8/16/13 8:35 PM
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Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? kaizendanny 8/20/13 8:51 AM
Also casting my vote for the return of Search nearby -- it's a core feature, imo.

I often want to search a general neighborhood without knowing any addresses / businesses in the area. A right click > search nearby option would be perfect! I don't think the new maps has a right click menu, so why not add one? 

Cheers,
Danny
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? OKJonesSF 8/25/13 12:30 PM
I agree too that the search nearby feature as it worked in the old versions is sorely missed. I used it very frequently and find the lack of it to be a huge step backwards.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Michael McKechnie 8/27/13 7:06 AM
Your second option - entering text in the top left search bar while viewing the region to be searched - seems to return results centered on the map and with some sort of adjusted area of view. I assumed from the UI design that it would _not_ work that way; rather, that entering a new search would lose me my current context entirely and instead do a worldwide search on the new text. 

So, that's confusing.

It's frustrating that I _do_ lose my original context; if I find a business, then enter "cafe" in the top left search, I lose the reference to the business and instead get a search for cafes in the same area. Awkward then to find directions, do another search from the business, etc.


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? cgallaty 8/27/13 9:15 AM
I'll add a 'me too' to this. The fact that I had to Google how to search nearby in the new maps underscores the gap in the new interface. Please add an obvious 'Search Nearby' off the marker on the map. 
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Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Justin Appleby 8/27/13 12:17 PM
To piggy back on this, I used to be able to be able to search for stuff nearby and get distances and such. I tried the first response and entered "wal mart near 'my address'." and it showed it on the map with no distance, or directions, so I clicked on it and clicked get directions and it asked me where I want the directions from. I want directions from the address I entered, when I searched for it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Justus Ranvier 8/27/13 6:40 PM
@Danien D Here's the use case which worked before, but does not work now:

My friend and I are trying to find a place to meet up at some specified time in the future. Immediately before the desired meeting time, my friend and I are going to be at different locations.

With the old maps, I'd click on some random point about halfway between the two locations to create a pin, then use "Search nearby" to locate appropriate venues in the approximate geographical area I was interested in.

Now I can't easily do that. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Ni Lchhay 8/27/13 10:47 PM
Thank for google map
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Ni Lchhay 8/27/13 10:47 PM
Thank for google map
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? w-mfrog 8/31/13 12:07 PM
Totally agree. Google removed the most useful thing on the maps. PLEASE put it back!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mark Wingerd 9/1/13 11:58 AM
Dear Gregory: 

I agree whole-heartedly.

I am not sure what these meat heads at Microsoft ... err I mean "goggle"  ..  were think about or doing. 

It looks like the dumb, clueless A*ses at Microsoft ...  err I mean "goggle" .. were bored, or just off in LA-LA land. 

It is indeed excruciatingly painful to read these comments and see that the boneheads at Microsoft ...  err I mean "goggle" ... 
both don't get it and then they need a precise diagram to describe the "problems".  ... Whaich are all SELF-INFLICTED !!!!!

Maybe the twits at Microsoft ...  err I mean "goggle" ... were off starring through there goggle goggles at some virtual reality space, 
and they are so far off the Real World Grid that they don't need Maps.

RE Maps:  You are correct:
 - Maps wasn't broken. 
 - There were no real "improvements", just self-inflicted wounds and damage. .
 - Microsoft ...  err I mean "goggle" ... seems to have lost their way.
      ... pity .... 
        They were good while they could focus. 

My advice: 
 - Don't waste your time and "free consulting" on these guys. 
 - Its the Tech World
      Just say "Next !"
        ala Atari, Blackberry, VisiCalc, Lotus 1-2-3
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mark Wingerd 9/1/13 12:08 PM
WishR !!!!

What are you talking about !?!?!?!

Gregory is absolutely correct. 
In his own way, he provided pointed, accurate feedback.

Points:
 - It wasn't broken. 
 - It worked well before "The Improvements" 
 - goggle obviously doesn't understand either: A) their product or B) their customers !!!. 
 - It is not our responsibility to invest our time in goggle. goggle makes tons of money.
    Of course, if they are willing to pay appropriate consulting fees of $110, $200, $400 per hour, then they can complain. 

The sentiment in the blog is wide, deep, and intense :   goggle you screwed up. 
If they need someone to draw them a moare derailed diagram, then the situation is hopeless. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Justus Ranvier 9/1/13 12:42 PM
Shorter explaination: before the change I could search near any point I could name, or any point I could visually identify.

Now I can only search near points I can name because the ability to generate a name from any arbitrary point has been removed. Google Maps has lost about 50% of its usefulness to me.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Javeed Ali 9/4/13 12:52 AM
Me too facing the same issue... does any one has resolution to this
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? vishv007 9/5/13 8:26 AM
I too miss the "Search Nearby" feature.  Please bring it back.  I used to use it extensively. That was the probably the #1 feature in Google Maps that I loved.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Wei-Fan Lai 9/6/13 8:06 AM
google, why are you still not bring back this feature?

the problem with the new way is this

"you can't mark your location the way you used to be able to, and it's hard to see how close results are to your original location."

either bring back the old search near by feature or make the location pin stick when you use the new way to search
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ChristinaD 9/6/13 12:07 PM
Adding my vote to the "bring back 'search nearby'" camp.  I used to use it all the time--it's incredibly useful, intuitive, and functional. Bring it back!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CM Kenny 9/7/13 4:31 AM
Many of us just went back to older google maps...hopefully google is listening, but I suspect not since in comparison we are only a few.  Maybe we should use a FB page to encourage people to send google feedback?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Janet White 9/8/13 11:56 AM
I will add my voice to this, I use Search Nearby quite often, for the same reasons as others, To consolidate my errands and tasks in one area.  If I need to go see a friend, I will look for places near there to eat or find places to go together.  With the cost of gas as it is I dont want to waste any of it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Myra Bronstein 9/8/13 1:22 PM
It's really quite amazing how google has managed to ignore so many users for so long on the subject.  This thread is months old.  Word from google on when/how they'll fix their obvious miscalculation--zip. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mahesh AB 9/11/13 10:33 AM
Same here, this is really frustrating, Google please fix this.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jonas S Karlsson 9/12/13 10:20 AM
The new maps app has almost no business anymore, search can't find any. This holds for shanghai as well as hong Kong. Reviews have disappeared completely in these regions.

Did you user test this before redesigning? Don't you know how people use the apps?

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Capt@nTek 9/12/13 10:58 AM
Yes, the new Google maps looks better but without the "Search Nearby" function I'm reverting back to the old Google maps.

If you want to do this

1. Click on the Options icon (the small wheel) on the top right corner.
2. Select Classic Maps

Sorry, Google, hopefully you get the message loud and clear from all the feedback on this forum...sacrificing functionality over form will simply drive traffic away.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? philbytheriver 9/12/13 10:12 PM
I agree can't find anything nearby. How about "allowing adding destinations also".
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? garvster 9/14/13 1:32 PM
I own a mechanic shop here in downtown dallas. there are many hidden specialty shops that I need to take cars to fix certin problems. my problwm is dallas is ver contested with hidden gold mines (specialty shops) but a good % of these shops are not on google maps. I do not know thw names of those shops or location but a general intersection. I "search nearby" thw closest location and it gives me a list of the businesses nearby. but now im stuck I cannot run my buoness properly belive it or not.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Sharon Shindel 9/17/13 1:10 PM
You don't get the same results.  I searched for On Semiconductor in Arizona and got location.  If I search for vietnamese restaurants near On...  I don't get the same results as I do using the old search (still avail in IE).  

Also it was not intuitive at all - I had to search for help in the forums to figure out that I could search the location and then search in the same maps to get my results. 

Finally as someone stated before, you then lose the pinned location of your original search e.g. your house/work/hotel to see how far it is.  
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? dianeeroberts 9/17/13 1:38 PM
I agree with nearly all the posts that have pointed out that the new UI is cumbersome and in many cases darn unhelpful. When my son took an internship in NYC this summer, search nearby was invaluable. Before he left, I had found a list of dry cleaners, laundries, barbers and grocery stores. I could easily look at reviews of each and see where they were along his walking route to work. The new one supposes what you are looking for and I found it nearly impossible to quickly and efficiently identify my points of interest after googling an address.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? DougA54 9/20/13 12:56 PM
Totally agree!

I used "search nearby" to find hotels near my customers' sites. Right now "explore this area" only gives "chinese restaurants - bar and grill - pubs". Kind of redundant.

Too bad you can't click on "explore" and get a list of other places.

The only way I have found is to go to the search bar and type "hotels near" the address that I was searching. AN-NOY-ING.


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? assg13565 9/20/13 1:53 PM
I was in Worcester Massachusetts and I asked for houseplants nearby.  It found houseplants on Nearby Lane in Tennessee.  Thsat is hardly nearby.  Does google test its software with real people?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? assg13565 9/20/13 1:59 PM
I just tried search for "houseplants near Worcester"  It gave me a pin in Belchertown.  I know dor an absolute certainty that I can buy a houseplant closer to Worcester than Belchertown.

The app is useless.  I turned it off and drove to the nearest place that I knew i could buy a houseplant.  It was a heck of a lot closer than Belchertown.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jill Koertner 9/22/13 9:36 PM
Previously I could put in my own address and could then click "search nearby."  Could find a gym or an auto body store or whatever I needed.  If this is still an option, I am unable to figure out how to do it.  Pretty much ruins 50% of what I use Google Maps for.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? treebles 9/22/13 9:57 PM
Jill,
There is no "search nearby" link anymore in new Maps, not sure if Google will add it back.
You can do wild character search after searching for the address as a workaround, it does essentially the same thing.
Use the asterik (*) character as a query and should return all type of businesses around the address.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Gustavo Gomez 9/23/13 5:05 AM
Nearby is just easy. We used to click in the map and go. We went on a trip this weekend and used yelp instead. Zooming in a map to the point up to the small area I want to is cumbersome on a cellphone.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? jjoneschicago 9/23/13 6:17 PM
I think the issue is that most of the "Googlers" don't travel as much as some of us (several cities a week).  Almost every salesperson I know traveling to a new area does the same thing:  They search for the customer address they are going to, and then "search nearby" to find the closest hotel, usually by brand.  And the same thing when they get there.  They search for the hotel, and then "search nearby" to find a good restaurant.  And then after the customer meeting, maybe they want lunch, so again, they click on the address of the customer, and just "search nearby" for whatever they want (mexican restaurant, sushi, etc.).  

It is just more cumbersome the new way.  Take all the issues about losing the icon and relative distance to where you are away (which is huge), and you still have this issue:  You have to type "Search near".  Only 11 characters, but 11 characters I never had to type before.  Over and over and over again.  For no reason.  Just bad UI design.  

My two cents...

- Jeff
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Imogen Pickles 9/24/13 2:07 AM
I agree that it is very annoying not being able to search nearby. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ramstl 9/27/13 2:50 PM
It's hard to believe that you are having so much trouble understanding that people like the way search nearby works.  You simply click on the map, right click and select search nearby - it's that easy. Now it's not that easy.   The "smarter" computers and software get, the less intuitive they are to actually use. Windows 8 for example is not intuitive if you want to do anything more than check email or chat with your facebook friends.  Maybe you could have a "smart" search box for new users and a "not so smart" search box for people who don't want to have to figure out what the smart box wants them to type into it in order to do what used to be straight forward. 

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Chad Polstra 10/2/13 3:49 PM
We NEED the search nearby stuff back.  This is ridiculous. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Santiago Draco 10/2/13 6:35 PM
I used to think Google could do no wrong... but with the latest Maps incarnation I was certainly wrong about that.

I've stopped using Google Maps on the web and on my Android device.  What used to take a few clicks now takes several and is very confusing.  I really don't understand how these changes made it past their QA team.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Janet White 10/3/13 9:07 AM
I didn't stop using Google maps altogether, I just went back to the original google maps.  If you click where it has a link for feedback that option is there.  I wouldn't stop using Google for such a minor infraction, google is too good for that.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Krista V. 10/7/13 10:25 AM
Daniel,

I think another extremely useful feature of "Search Nearby" that is now missing in the new Google maps is the idea that people search for places near another address or business *before* they arrive at that location. So, your example of using "Starbucks near me" would not work if you were trying to preemptively know where the Starbucks is near a location you plan to arrive at at a future date/time.

For example, I live in NY. I recently traveled to Cleveland. I knew I was going to the Civic Auditorium. But I also knew that I was going to be arriving before doors opened to the public so I wanted to find some coffee shops in the area before touching down in Cleveland. I was also going to be without a car. I would be taking a taxi from the airport to the auditorium and would need to tell the cab driver where to take me. I also then needed a coffee shop that was within walking distance of the auditorium. 

I was on my mobile device, which made this entire process even more frustrating. Again, on the old maps, I could have searched for the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Found it, then done a search nearby to find "coffee shops." On the new maps, particularly mobile, I did a search for the auditorium:


But now, I need to do a search for coffee shops. The only way to do this is to delete the current search and start over. Here are the results for "coffee shops near Lakewood civic auditorium:"

If you can't tell from the screenshot, this found coffee shops in Lakewood, California. Errr, no. Let's try adding the city and state so now "Coffee shops near Lakewood Civic Auditorium, Lakewood, OH:"


Still no dice. Are you starting to feel our frustration now?

I ended up having the cab driver. Drive me to the auditorium, wait for me to do a search for coffee shops while sitting in front of the place, found a Panera Bread about a half mile away and took me there. 

Google Maps finally found that Panera only by my knowing the actual street address of the Civic Auditorium. The results of the following search (which required first that I search for the auditorium, copy and paste the actual address and then type in this search), "coffee shops near 14100 Franklin Blvd, Lakewood, OH:"

SO f'ing frustrating. Don't even get me started on how horrible of an experience this is when you're driving. OY gavalt. Dangerous beyond belief. What if I had been trying to find "gas stations near Lakewood Auditorium"? Could you imagine the frustration? I have, in fact, experienced this when trying to find "gas stations near XYZ rental car (but the one near the airport, not the one downtown XYZ city)." Again, I wanted to do a preemptive search for the specific rental car location I was returning my car to, then do a "Search Nearby" to find the closest gas stations to fill up before returning the car. Trying to do this with the new maps was a nightmare.

As a former Googler, I know you all can do better. I've been seriously disappointed in the latest iterations of Maps. 

Thanks,
Krista


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ifrank 10/8/13 3:28 PM
Can I add that I have the same problem with Google Maps? If I put in my street address, what's the most elegant way to search for nearby dry cleaners?  It seems to me that this used to be easy to do - and now I'm fumbling around unable to figure out the best way to do this kind of search.   
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? B White 10/11/13 12:51 PM
Well Mr.Daniel its like Mr.Jumptech said it was used when going to those unfamiliar places or the fact that it was simple you could do a long press on an area of interest and from their find what ever was near by or for me most of the times find a place I'd visited and then couldn't remember the name or best way to get there it was one of my favorite features of maps next to navigation.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? tfurman6 10/11/13 6:52 PM
Please just bring the "Search Nearby" back!  These other suggestions just don't work the same!  I just tried putting in text to find Chase Banks and Bank of America banks near Cumming GA.  It goes haywire and zooms out to the whole state.  With search nearby I could find one bank and search for the other using that point.  Why make us use a Pin?  Last time I used a Pin, that caused all kinds of other problems.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? energy arts alliance 10/13/13 8:55 AM
Hi, Daniel.

I'll give you an exact real-time example of how the lack of search nearby is creating problems. I am currently on route 80 in the middle of nowhere in Ohio. There are no real towns nearby, and I don't want to have to search town by town. I did try searching "coffee near Wauseon OH", which was a pain to type. (Voice search didn't work.) It gave me one result that is closed on Sundays. No results were given anywhere else down the turnpike. I know there are Starbucks along the turnpike, but none were given in this new version of search, so I know it's not really working, or it's not really intuitively user-friendly to yield good results.

I used to commute between Houston and Austin, and if I searched for coffee or vegan near my location as I was leaving Houston, it gave me EVERY coffee place and vegan restaurant between Houston and Austin, and I could decide en route where I wanted to stop depending on how thirsty/hungry I was. I didn't have to have a specific address or city I had to know in advance.

Ditto for campgrounds. We tent-camped around North America for an entire year. We would drive into a region with no prior knowledge of the area and get a feel for it. Then I would use search nearby to look for campgrounds. We were often taken to hidden places that I never would have found on my own because there was no town inducated nearby on the map.

This new version of search seems too address- and city-specific and definitely yields far fewer and far less useful results. Search nearby was the most useful feature of old Google Maps for our business. New Google Maps has proven to be about 80% less useful and has left this road-tripping business owner very frustrated.

Thanks for your attention!

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? @Snoopy 10/19/13 8:14 AM
Hi David,

The problem with the new map are:
1. you need more typing to get something (not user friendly anymore/ make more complicated)
2. you cannot find what you want for nearby places (for example if I would like to find pumpkin farm near by a location, instead of I getting all the pumpkin farm but I get Electrician, Dental Office, Restaurant, etc) . So, the find nearby is not working under new map.
3. You need to make first search location as the first point in a big pin.

Hope that you bring back the search nearby location.

Thanks,
Snoopy
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mr. Murphy 10/19/13 8:29 AM
What I liked about "Search Nearby" was that I could find one location exactly, then search for other things near it. 

For example, I am meeting a friend at a particular public library in Virginia Beach. I want to get lunch on the way at Panera. 

I typed "Panera near <name of public library> in Virginia Beach." It found a Panera near the wrong public library. 

Then I entered only the name of the public library. It found the right library. In the old Google Maps, the contextual menu would let me "Search Nearby" the right public library. In the new Google Maps, I have to hope that whatever method reads through my input is right about both locations, and I rarely find this to be the case.

In other words, "x near y" is basically a search with two arguments, and I want to be able to control the first argument very carefully (because it's an exact place where I am meeting someone), then manually enter the second argument, rather than entering both in one text field and watching the computer incorrectly analyze one of the two arguments. 

"search nearby" was really intuitive and helpful when I wanted to run an errand on the way to an appointment. The current system is not reliable enough because it does not reliably locate my appointment before it searches for businesses near my appointment. 

This was actually my main use of Google Maps, and I'm very disappointed at how difficult its become. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Richard Pennenga 10/19/13 3:47 PM
Agree enthusiastically - those two features were very useful, I used them a lot.

If I'm visiting a friend, and I've looked up their address & I have directions on-screen, I used to be able simply to right-click near their house on the map and check out what stores & restaurants were nearby.

The strongest thing I can say, inarticulate as it may be:  I used it maybe half the time I used Maps, maybe more.  

To force me to carefully come up with words that mean what I want, when used to be able to do it with a simple GUI gesture - just doesn't sound like progress!


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Transistorg 10/20/13 12:37 AM
Just so you know, when I search for something it is ALWAYS for nearby !  Where do I enter my location ?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CM Kenny 10/22/13 5:39 AM
Still have not heard from google maps "yet". Still hoping. I went back to older maps.  If anyone hears or reads anything, let us know....
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? gubitz 10/23/13 8:32 PM
Agree
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? laura.elibrarian 10/24/13 2:03 PM
Nothing like searching FROM point A to Point B and give me the shoe stores, Steak and Shake .... whatever .... on the map route.

Looking at ditching the smartphone, google maps, going to GPS old school in the car for me and my new 16, 17 year old drivers.

Mapquest is not good.

Heard Scout can do it?

If Google wants to change their open source technology, charge for the old version. I'd pay 100$ per person.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Berrin 10/26/13 2:44 PM
I dislike the new maps with a passion - primarily due to the disappearance of search nearby option. I am back to classic maps, thanks to the poster who showed how to do it. I guess I am used to it by now. Anything with a new version is bound to be a flashier, cooler looking, less functional and frustrating version of what it replaced. Thanks Google...
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Alison Kamat 10/30/13 5:11 AM
I came here looking for the same information and I'm disappointed in Daniel's answer. Fortunately you still can "search nearby" in Mapquest, so I will use Mapquest instead of Google Maps until Google fixes what it broke. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? DKVFX 10/31/13 2:07 PM
Daniel's answers make doing what I imagine a lot of people do frequently very difficult and cumbersome. Many people will search for a location that is their destination and then want to know what's around it. For example, they have a meeting somewhere and they want to know where they can get coffee nearby or the nearest hotels if they are from out of town or a nearby restaurant to have lunch, etc. They don't want to lose the original location on the map, and they don't want to type in the original location and then some search parameter along with the original location again.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Denis Y. 11/2/13 8:48 AM
After reading Google/Daniel's answers, i just felt like we are trying to teach how to use spoon to a retarded monkey. Many technical, clear examples to let them understand what's the problem; but his answers are so different than what people ask. Obviously they don't understand or don't want to understand what's happening. Google maps was great; then they first cancelled "latitude", now "search nearby" option. My suggestion is either go back to old version, or use other map applications. Even apple's maps application improved so fast after last year's failure, that if apple creates a maps application for android, i will immediately install and use it. This will maybe teach these monkeys to understand "user feedback!"
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? MMKT 11/2/13 8:05 PM
After suffering for several months and waiting fruitlessly for Google to either resurrect the old "search nearby" tool, or create an adequate replacement, I clicked on "help" and "search nearby" to get to this thread.  How can Google be so tone deaf, and user-unfriendly, as to clearly fail to understand what was useful in the old function and why the new Google maps are less useful?  Months of clear explanations from users why the new Google maps are inferior, and no result.

I have just now switched back to classic Google maps, permanently.  The new Google maps make it easier to find random photos of the area.  Big whoop. In all other ways they are worse than the classic maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Brad Gaolach 11/3/13 5:49 PM
I agree with all of this.  Frustration w/ new google maps, click on help for search nearby, get this thread, read the first page and am amazed by Google person not getting (or getting it and not caring) - go to last page to see if any resolution and look -NONE.  WTF Google - maybe time to switch to Bing 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Tom Maciulewicz 11/5/13 6:42 AM
I agree.  No search nearby sucks!
How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Aníbal Rojas 11/6/13 5:17 AM

Really frustrating not being able to search in advance around a specific place, that feature in the old maps was a killer for planning.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? rfriendly 11/6/13 8:00 AM
And that is why I switched to Bing.  Use Bing Maps and they have the search nearby feature!!!  Google is great, but also a PITA!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Hprog 11/6/13 8:05 AM
I switched to the old google maps version and will stick to it until they change it. Then I will switch to Bing, even though it's not that intuitive, at least they have the search nearby option.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Monzur M. 11/6/13 11:30 AM
Dear Google Maps team,

I do not know if the Google maps team is still checking this forum post for feedback or not, however here are my concerns with the new map. The new map is not user friendly and many of the features of the map are either hidden or does not exist. One of the feature, as many have pointed out, is the 'search nearby' feature. As an user my usual usage of google maps would be to find a location (either with a particular address or well known landmark/store/business/etc). After having found a location I would want to find all the food locations near my original location (pizza, chinese, general food, etc). This accomplished two different tasks: it displayed all the locations with a pin on the map as well a list was generated and displayed on the left frame with all the result. Now the reason I preferred this as opposed to the new results in the new google maps is because in the old map, I could move or zoom in/out of the map, and the search result list on the left would change. Secondly the list usually displayed the result with the distance it was from the original search location. This was one of the most important feature as I would usually choose a particular restaurant or shop depending on how far it was from my original search result (a feature that seems to be lost).

As a software developer myself I understand the life cycle and process of developing a software. In my understanding, one of the highest priority for a product is to ensure that it is user friendly. No matter how powerful a product may be, if the user is unable to accomplish simple tasks then the product needs to be changed. I am curious as to why the 'search nearby' feature was removed in the first place. Until I had visited this forum I did not even realize that the we are able to type ' X near address Y' in the search engine to find certain X. Furthermore the results that are displayed blend in very easily with the map and do not pop-out as the old green and red pins did.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Capt@nTek 11/6/13 2:28 PM
Honestly, I find it pretty amusing that people are pissed off at Google for a feature that is not available in a product that is free to use. I suppose that illustrates the level of dependency that Google has successfully been able to induce by introducing products and product features that have become indispensable in our daily lives AND is available free of charge.

I already posted about switching back to Classic Maps as an option. The other thing to do is to provide feedback to Google product managers via the "Help & Feedback" button. You will see that option available on the top right corner of the new Google Maps just below the Options wheel icon.

Let them know that "Search Nearby" was invaluable instead of throwing a hissy-fit on the forum. :-)

Cheers!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? DKVFX 11/6/13 3:30 PM
I imagine that Google is interested in people using and enjoying the use of their software so that more revenue is generated through various means (mostly ads). If people stop wanting to use the software, then they will be less likely to see the ads and Google will have less income. Google is not putting free software out there simply for the good of the world.

This is a Google sponsored forum, so I imagine they are aslo interested in people's feedback here. Most of the posts I've seen simply say they liked the old functionality, and many explain why they liked it - not quite hissy fit material as far as I can tell. I think the people that are more upset in their posts seem to be mostly upset that there hasn't really been much of a response from Google to say that they understand why people miss this functionality and what, if any, intentions they have to add it back.

However, I can see how it might be easier to simply post an incompletely thought through and highly condescending post rather than considering the above.

:-) Cheers back to you.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? barryhunter 11/6/13 3:52 PM
@Parth D, would love to mark your post "Best Answer". Alas it also marks the thread as "Answered", which would be misleading. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Eric Emrey 11/6/13 4:28 PM
the lack of search nearby is extremely annoying.  it's baffling that google hasn't corrected this yet given how thoughtful you usually are about user experience.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? rfriendly 11/7/13 5:41 AM
These have been really STUPID and WEAK comments. Talk about "not being thought out clearly!!!  Really?  There is nothing free about Google.  Take a look at their earnings statement.  Users may have free access, but Google is making bazillions from sponsors, advertising, referrals to other websites, etc....so if they are going to provide a "free" service that others pay for, that happen to make them billionaires, the least Google could do is either leave a good product alone or enhance functionality....not reduce it with so called "improvements". If you see this as a hissy fit...then you should see a mental health professional.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Myra Bronstein 11/7/13 11:26 AM
Totally agree rfriendly. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Capt@nTek 11/7/13 12:29 PM
It was mildly amusing to me at first but now it's getting to be even more amusing.

First, thanks barryhunter, for getting what I was getting at.

Second, the last time I checked the "New" Google Maps is in preview status i.e., classic Google Maps is still available unless you make a conscious choice to switch. So, hopefully that addresses the "the least Google could do is either leave a good product alone" remark. (For reference, see my post about how to keep with classic Google Maps)

Third, a forum is generally meant to be an avenue for discussion, sharing knowledge and making announcements. The Help & Feedback button/link exists for one great reason, providing feedback. (For reference, see my post about where the button/link for providing feedback is)

I have no connection to Google but I'm willing to bet you that the Search Nearby option will be available when the "New" Google Maps exits preview status. Trust me, somebody's listening :-)

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Nina Datsenko 11/10/13 9:32 PM
All,

I download new map and... happiness exists - search nearby returned!
Capt @ nTek, you're right - somebody's listening :-)
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Hprog 11/10/13 10:54 PM
Hmmm just tried it and I still need to type to search nearby, no more right click. And there are no pins, so visually it's more difficult than before. It also bothers me that it always starts showing a USA map, instead of starting with my current location. I'm sticking to the classic maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Gaetano Guttadauro 11/12/13 10:06 PM
Tried examples and "new" maps still suck as did using google search.  What's new is old, hire Columbus as a navigator, he got here w/o google maps.  I'll go back to Michelin for searches
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Nahlah Daddino 11/16/13 12:33 PM
Google, 
Reviving the conversation... please, please bring back "search nearby" feature from old Google maps!  Very difficult to find restaurants, public transportation, etc. around a specific business now. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? pspec 11/18/13 7:13 AM

Hi Daniel d

I personally just like knowing what’s around me or what’s round the place I’m going.
So for me I’m thinking what shall I do, I know I’ll look at goolge maps and see what nearby then do something that’s close to me.
Your search function does not help as it requires you to know what you want/looking for…..

Please just put it back….

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? why_change? 11/18/13 7:03 PM
very furstating

frustrating too
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ehg 11/19/13 3:00 AM
Why_change frustrating to very furstating?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jason Gunderson 11/19/13 9:31 AM
This complaint has been made in June 11. It is November 19.

This is insane. This feature is important.

Finally, I have a reason to look somewhere else. To continue your dominance on Maps, YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE!

Not the shareholders. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Joshua Beno 11/20/13 12:19 PM
As by now you should well know, what you suggest does not work like the old search nearby function.

When will the old search nearby function be integrated into the new maps?  

This was the function I used most frequently in the old Maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Linda Urquijo 11/20/13 3:06 PM
Daniel, I see that you posted this message back in July, we're in November now and this feature has not been changed. 
It is extremely bothersome as I need to find places nearby a certain location for work all the time...and I can't do it!
I always end up going back to the old version of Google Maps because it is more convenient and user friendly. 
If Google really wants to score some good points they should bring that feature back. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? jmpark01 11/21/13 7:41 AM
The lack of search nearby is awful.  I just moved to a new state, and must have used that function 10 times a day to figure out where things are in proximity to my bus stop, apartment, and office.  The new method of having type everything out takes so much longer than the point and click method, and when you are pressed for time (and in an area where you don't know where anything is) this makes things really hard.  Plus I don't normally have the time to sit and figure out which combo of address vs. store name will give me what I'm looking for.

Thankfully I have discovered that mapquest still has a search nearby function available, so I will be using them to do these kind of searches for now and using google maps just to figure out my bus routes..at least until some sort of logical function is put back.


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? MMKT 11/21/13 9:54 AM
Thanks for the tip about mapquest.  I'd switched my settings on google maps to use the old interface (where one can use the "search nearby" tool), but I'll give mapquest a try (they were the first mapping website that I used, but stopped using many years ago when they changed their interface, and their map searches were not as good as yahoo's or google's).  I'd had a perception that yahoo maps gave very slightly better driving instructions than google maps, but had less good search capabilities, but that was also years ago and I did not do a careful comparison.  It's probably time for me to give a close look at both mapquest and yahoo maps.  And are there other map websites that people have found to be useful?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Sascha Harper 11/22/13 2:04 PM
Geez... Google is starting to look like Yahoo... they also seem to like to change their easy-to-navigate-and-use interfaces with no-sense-making-and-not-handy-at-all 'downdates' (as opposed to 'updates'... and, like Yahoo, the Google-peeps are, apparently, 'all-ears'... this has been first brought up on June 11th, today we're living in Nov. 22nd... Goodbye Google, you're losing another avid 'search nearby'-user to Mapquest
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? SVTA 11/23/13 7:30 PM
google maps is simply horrible.
I'mgoing back to Map Quest.
An easy to use, no frustration which is all that google maps present - frustrations.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? JustMyView 11/25/13 8:18 AM
I don't understand this at all.  Where are we supposed to do the search nearby?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? masinger 11/28/13 12:23 PM
It appears that Google's answer is that we're not.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Robert Steen 11/29/13 5:50 PM
google have decided where you want to go, but normally its up a back street, and getting the map there can be murder
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Robert Steen 11/29/13 5:56 PM
sorry but this version of google maps is the worst i have ever seen. dreadful
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Robert Steen 11/29/13 6:01 PM
i want to click to an area. post bye all means the nearby landmarks. but most of the time spent i am taking it all in!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? COATICAP 12/1/13 9:08 AM
I agree...I never used the beta version for that very reason
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? jcinbe 12/2/13 2:17 PM
Where is search nearby in the new Google maps! I use Google maps to find restaurants close by a location all of the time. For example, when I am at a friend's house or at a hotel I will type in the name of the hotel then click on "Search nearby" to find the closest restaurants or many different things. 

Bring it back. This is horribly none intuitive not being able to search near a location by clicking on that location. I can't even figure out how to do it in another way. I actually launched Microsoft Bing for the first time ever to see if their map gives the feature of search nearby. It does have a nearby button. Bing here I come?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? rjpower 12/2/13 6:07 PM
I used "search nearby" to search for travel purposes almost everyday.  Now I will have to find this functionality elsewhere.  

Google, you guys make me nervous.
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Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? DdDave (RER) 12/3/13 10:35 AM
Cant find a bank nearby that sucks donkey balls

Should there be a semi-colon in there somewhere?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? rafi yehezak-el 12/3/13 11:00 PM
I think they will  not bring back the "Search nearby".

From the last update on Android You can understand that they want to merge it in the browser ,

rather than on "Maps".
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Bill Cable 12/4/13 4:23 AM
"Search Nearby" was the most valuable feature of Google Maps.  I want a list of restaurants near a location to choose from.  I want them displayed on a map so I can see how far they are.  This new map tool is effectively worthless.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Prasad Pathange 12/6/13 5:54 AM
Want the "search nearby" functionality back.  its a great tool on Google map, I use everyday...
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? mcnairr 12/6/13 9:22 AM
Yes! I also use this extensively for business travel.  It is nice to see hotels and other points of interest on a map so I can decide where I want to stay in relation to the airport and client site.  You're right that it isn't the exact specific use of search nearby, but the visualization of these points of interest on a map foreign to me helps me understand where I'm going, where the places are related to each other, and where main roads are.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Allene Rohrer 12/6/13 12:27 PM
I hate the new google maps.  I used the old one which was very LOGICAL extensively at work.  Now I am without that tool.  Please bring back the old maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Bill Cable 12/6/13 12:45 PM
I found that Yahoo Maps has identical functionality to the old Google Maps.  So until Google fixes this I'll be using Yahoo.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Alex Molnar 12/8/13 7:13 AM
Google is making great strides in mapping  the planet.  Your work is appreciated.  However, I was hoping when this version came out the "search nearby" function would be improved upon not delete.  Perhaps the right click on the map that brings up directions to and from here, zoom, ..., could include "search nearby".  Now there isn't even a right click function.  It would be great if "search nearby" came back.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Valerie Jaecksch 12/9/13 5:16 AM
Daniel,
What I liked about "search nearby" was that it kept my original pin and then showed where other places were relative to the first location.  Like if I was going to a particular store, I could search for that store, Google maps marked it, then i could "search nearby" for thrift stores, for example, and Google would show all the thrift stores in the area close to the first store I wanted to go to, and most importantly, keep the first pin in place (so I could see how close the thrift stores were and not get lost with a new map view).  This was very helpful when planning a route.  Thanks for being open to input and feedback!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? tcc_dc 12/11/13 9:42 AM
Agree with Valerie....

What was a simple great feature is now missing.  I always come in and switch to old maps.

Thanks.

Tom
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? John 'wants search nearby back' Hatfield 12/11/13 9:53 AM
Taking away search nearby sets back google maps so far it has become worse than Mapquest and Apple Maps. I do not want something similar to search nearby, I want it exactly the way it was back.

Without search nearby google maps is useless for over 90% of what I use to use it for.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Enid Nunez 12/11/13 11:01 AM
Click the little question mark on the botton of the new google maps and change back to classic view. It will ask you if you want to change back permanently.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Tim Brooks 12/11/13 11:35 AM
I agree as well - finding this frustrating as I now realize just how often I use that feature!  I'm also keen to note all these responses seem to be dated July 23rd, yet the new google map just started appearing for me this week...  I'm afraid to ask...are we speaking about the same version of this application?  Perhaps the roll out was extremely gradual or something...
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Bill Cable 12/11/13 11:42 AM
I think Google has been testing the waters with the new map.  I'd have the new one at work, and then the old one when I got home.  Next day at work it was back to the old one.  Then a day later the new one everywhere.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? DAMMAD 12/12/13 1:09 PM
was definitely one step forward 2 back on this function. Google at least add a disclaimer  "no you're not stupid and can't find that feature. we removed it. be frustrated with us, not yourself" 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Bonnie Bizzell 12/12/13 1:27 PM
Hi all:

From a non-technical perspective, the old version of Google Maps with the "Search Nearby" was much more user friendly and intuitive.  After finding the location, the user did not need to move off of the found spot to inquire for additional and deeper answers.  

By moving the search away from the found location, the user is more likely to become disconnected while searching, feeling frustrated.  Adding the need to ensure that the address is included in the search makes that search more cumbersome and less intuitive since the address is new to the user.  And although some sort of maker may remain, it is faint and grey, instead of bold and colorful.  So, again, the user spends time locating the original search spot before being able to locate the new found information searched in relation to it.

In short, the added steps, the movement of the eye and focus on the screen, and the faintness of the original location are problematic.

I know I am painfully late to this discussion, but I hope my input helps a little.

Regards,
Bonnie
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Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Barry Steinbergawitz 12/12/13 3:57 PM

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Bonnie Bizzell 12/12/13 4:25 PM
I think I prefer Daniel to you.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? DoctahG 12/13/13 7:50 AM
I suggest everyone who wants this feature to just revert back to the previous version of google maps, which is what I did. Click on the little question mark icon in the bottom right hand corner to change it back.  This feature is EXTREMELY useful and needs to return before I'll switch to the new version.  Bottom line is that it's an intuitive and simple way to find something near a location you are interested in.  

My apologies if this was already suggested - didn't have time to read through the bazillions of posts here...


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Dave Uma 12/13/13 9:08 AM
I loved the old way where I could put in a City and state hit search nearby and then type in Doctors. It will give me a list of every doctor in and around that vicinity. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Caitlin Shupp 12/13/13 9:59 AM
Bring back search nearby!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? subasic 12/13/13 11:54 AM
Hi Daniel.  Thanks for the information that you've provided.  It seems likely that many people find the new maps implementation to lack features that they relied on with the "old" maps.  After making a significant effort to acclimate to new maps, I have switched back to the "old" maps and I suspect that many others have too.  Loads of people have have mentioned specific features that they miss; some things seem to have gone completely (multiple destinations).  I have a more general comment.  With "new" maps, it feels as though I can accomplish much of what I used to do in "old" maps, but with much more effort.

The bottom line for me is that nothing about the new maps gives me a feeling of wonder, awe, or joy as the old maps product did when I first started using it.  In fact, the opposite is true.  I often feel quite frustrated and annoyed.

It has been a long time since any Googlers have replied in this forum.  Is there anyone still listening?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Natai 12/13/13 2:08 PM
I agree that requiring users to type in order to search near a location is not intuitive.  More importantly, it does not appear to work.
For example, I'm trying to locate parking near the Melting Pot in Sacramento, which have taken seconds in the past. If I search for "parking near melting pot Sacramento" I am showed the location of melting pot but given no information whatsoever about parking.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Ken Kaufher 12/13/13 3:51 PM
I was mad enough about losing search nearby to try going back to MapQuest, which I decided years ago was way inferior to Google Maps. I have also switched back to the old version of Google Maps. I use Search Nearby all of the time, especially when planning out of town travel. This is the net equivalent of New Coke. Google - if you are reading - BIG MISTAKE.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? midclasdude 12/13/13 8:53 PM
yeah, like the new coke, bring back the original. with real cane sugar this time.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? James Garfield 12/14/13 10:09 AM
I can't seem to find a way to do it in Google maps anymore, but luckily Bing and Yahoo maps still have this feature. I am just using Yahoo maps since it has exactly the same functionality that we all prefer using, i.e. the search nearby feature. It works great. Good luck getting a huge company like Google to change its mind.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Enid Nunez 12/14/13 10:45 AM
Guys, if you don't mooore it, just go back to classic view. Go to the little question mark circle thing on the bottom of the map. Voila , you get search nearby back.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Enid Nunez 12/14/13 10:45 AM
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 12/14/13 11:27 AM
You can still search nearby by adding the word "loc:" before the address in the search field and preceding it with your search term (it apparently can only be a single term)

In the PC/Mac version a card opens under the search bar with additional filters, suggested searches, etc. In the Android version you click on the hamburger next to the search bar and you get the list. In both cases they show on the map.

Is this not sufficient?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Aaron Gustaveson 12/15/13 2:05 AM
this doesn't work worth a shit.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 12/15/13 11:07 AM
Aaron,

How does it fail to meet your expectations? What exactly do you want it to do that it doesn't do?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? RJ Plummer 12/16/13 11:10 AM
I may be planning on going to home depot in Sacramento. Then once I've picked a Home Depot, I want to find tile stores nearby, or lighting stores nearby." tile near home depot" and "tile stores near home depot" just show me the home depots. There doesn't seem to be any way to find tile stores near any home depot, much less near the one I want. I have to copy and paste the address, e.g., "tile near 2756 Sunrise Blvd Rancho Cordova, CA 95742" to get my response. And to do this on android is even worse. But I guess since the discussion while maps was in beta made no difference. I need to give up on google maps being better than the other products out there.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 12/16/13 11:28 AM
It works for me if I first allow the map to find a Home Depot and select it so it zooms there, then hit the X to clear the search and then enter "tile stores" It then shows me the tile stores in the vicinity of the map center.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Luis Sonsino 12/16/13 2:17 PM
I'd like to have the search nearby feature back, if it were at all possible. It was user friendly; simply more apparens. Thanks.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? corey slee 12/16/13 4:15 PM
Daniel - All I want for Christmas is the Search Nearby feature to come back.  I can deal with everything else.  This is a TERRIBLE change to MAPS. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Allen Oliver 12/16/13 6:22 PM
1) Simply clicking on the map is much faster than finding an exact address and typing it in if you know roughly(or exactly) where you want your search to be centered. Particularly important when using maps on the phone where typing is far more difficult than "clicking".
1.2) Your suggestion about searching twice is very unintuitive since there is no indication that the search will be centered at the previous result. see #2
2) The pin gives obvious visual feedback about where the search is centered. The search center is incredibly unclear in the current design.
3) allows for manual correction when search algorithms fail to located the expected search focus.
3.2) you should not force us to use searching. if clicking happens more often fix your algorithms until people choose to use searching instead.


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 12/16/13 7:44 PM
Allen, I agree with all your points except number one. I use voice input rather than typing when using Mobile Maps. It works well for my needs.  
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Kathleen Seker 12/17/13 3:00 AM
Just go to Yahoo maps and use Find nearby... it's not as nice a google maps used to be, but it is much better than the new google maps which is a real bummer... so sad to see another great product over thought to the point that it is useless...
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Lisa Hura 12/17/13 8:53 AM
>You can search the new Google Maps for things near businesses.  For example, try searching "tacos near gary danko" and you'll see taco places near Gary Danko's restaurant in San Francisco.

This only seems to work if the restaurant has only one location. I tried repeatedly searching for "restaurants nearby Houlihans Nobelsville" and I kept getting restaurants near the Indianapolis location;

Search Nearby was such a simple option and so helpful. This has made it more complicated without giving me any added benefits that I can see.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? GreenEyes1952 12/17/13 11:47 AM
Daniel....I REALLY need the old 'search nearby' function; I actually NEED this, it is one of the methods I use to conduct my Job Search. That function was far superior to similar functions you mention in the new Google Maps. Please bring it back ASAP. I used to be able to put in an intersection and 'search nearby....for businesses'. It would show me a long list of results for businesses. I then would go into each company website, extract the appropriate email address(es), and send them my unsolicited resume/cover letter. It was one of my more positive methods of job searching. Please bring it back!! Thank you.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Barbara Hughey 12/17/13 7:32 PM
Daniel -- I agree completely. PLEASE bring it back. Every time I am on my computer and want to Search Nearby I go back to the old Google Maps so I can do it. Your suggestions above really aren't as easy or productive
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mattea Heinrich 12/19/13 6:44 AM
@David: I have used Google maps always and for everything and especially loved the "search nearby". It was just convenient, it was quick and easy and gave me great results. All other types of ideas you and other posted are way more typing, looking etc. I was using it just because it was soooo easy and successful.

Is it so much work, to give us that function back?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? John Salinas 12/19/13 2:26 PM
I use search nearby all the time, one of the most useful features on the map (second to directions).  The example I tried today was: 

pizza near Trader Joe's 2701 S Hulen St Fort Worth, TX 76107 

In the text right below where I typed it in was: 

dohana Hibachi Sushi
1501 W State Highway 114 #100
Grapevine, TX 76051 

That is really far away and almost all the results that came back were for Sushi!  Their was no pizza places close to the address returned at all.  In the old google maps it would have given me a list of pizza places near the address and I could sort it by distance.  Much more useful then Sushi places far away!   

I tried several different methods and never was able to figure out how to get pizza places near trader joe's (sad day).  I had to resort to using maps.yahoo.com which still has the search nearby feature, although yahoo maps never quite seems to quite have as many results as google.   

Hope that helps, if more examples would help please let me know.  Happy holidays! 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Rosenk 12/20/13 9:04 AM
on the bottom right of the screen there is a question mark icon. click on it and select "Return to classic Google Maps"


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Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Michelle Eubanks 12/20/13 11:05 AM
Try searching for "restaurants near St Petersburg City Theater". It gives me a list of restaurants in Tampa, on the other side of the bay.  I used "search nearby" when preparing for travel and in parts of Tampa/St Petersburg I am not familiar with. The near search doesn't keep the location tagged that I am searching near and provides results not near the location I am intending.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? XtineOnline 12/20/13 11:17 AM
Thanks, Rosenk; that helps tremendously!

I had reverted to using Yahoo maps, but only after first going to Google and cursing when I remembered I couldn't use the search nearby feature. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mike Causey 12/21/13 10:08 AM
@WishR

It was not an unfair attack.  It was an accurate assessment.  The removal of the nearby feature removed obvious and intuitive functionality.  For Daniel to fail to understand this fact is either and act of gross ignorance or deliberate obstinance (not sure if that is really a word either).  

@Daniel

While you have my sympathy serving as google's ombudsman, the nearby feature is a deal breaker for me.  I will continue to use the previous version of google maps until it is restored.      
How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? m.james264 12/23/13 8:55 AM
I miss it too. I thought I was the only one who noticed that functionality was missing. It was one of the major reasons I preferred Google Maps over the comparators.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Bonzell Harvey 12/23/13 4:15 PM
My husband is a truck driver and we used Google maps instead of other programs that we've PAID for based on the "search nearby" function. If he's on a long haul and wants to know where there are Toys R Us or Kmarts along the route, I used to be able to put in the starting point, ending point and then click the search nearby and it would show us EVERY location along the route. This is gone now, because it would be WAY too cumbersome to do this with every city he drives through. We will be looking for this function to be returned and shopping for a new maps program in the meantime. Taking this function out has severely taken away the functionality of Google Maps as more people than Google realizes used Google SOLELY for the search nearby function and now it's basically turned into something every other mapping program offers.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Riz Panjwani 12/23/13 4:55 PM
hi Daniel, I'd also like to add to the user frustration around the inability to search nearby a specific pinned area.  Basically  I want to be able to search a  Starbucks, and a Jumbo Juice nearby  a Liquor store that I just searched and found and be able to see where the three of them relative to each other.   

so the solution you described will probably do the trick :)
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? BigTallGuy 12/25/13 1:22 PM
Hey Daniel, 
Just wanted to chime in and voice my frustration about the same as all the other users. 
Your summary of the issues is spot on:
- a search, for example "coffee near westin", is not nearly as an effective and straightforward method as the old "search nearby" feature was (not to mention that you loose the pin of  the "westin", which is a complete step backward > net loss of information instead of something added to the original search)
- the planned feature of pinning the marker will, again, just require extra steps and additional hoops to jump through to emulate a perfectly fine "right click" feature that did not need to bite the dust. 

IMHO, when "innovation" (a.k.a. the new Google Maps) becomes just "change for changing's sake" that's when you need to send the programmers for an extended vacation to chilltown.....

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? John Macuk 12/26/13 4:39 PM
The old search nearby feature was simple and easy to use. searching nearby places now is complicated and difficult. Google's original method worked and worked well; it should replace the newer, inferior search function that displaced it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? John Macuk 12/26/13 4:44 PM
try finding burlington mall in ma. Then search for Target stores nearby burlington mall. With the old system, this would be a piece of cake. Now you get no results.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 12/26/13 5:40 PM
John Macuk,

Just did the search on both the Android App and the Desktop: both found at least 7 Target Stores within the first 10 results.

Try doing it this way:
Type "Burlington mall, ma" into the search box and hit enter
Once it finds the mall, click on the X to clear the search box, type the word "target" into the search box and hit enter.
When the search completes click on the hamburger icon over "list all results"
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? D.C. Petersen 12/26/13 11:01 PM
August falcon-

You just proved what everyone had been saying. What used to be a very simple operation now takes twice as many actions as the older version of maps.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Lisa Hura 12/27/13 5:30 AM
What D.C. said exactly. What used to be a very simple process is now much more complicated, not at all intuitive and not nearly as effective. 

So, can someone tell me what the advantages are for this new way of searching nearby? Because it's one thing to replace a simple function with something more complex, if the more complex function does more and provides some advantage. It's another thing to replace a simple function with a complex one for the sake of changing things up.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Janie Ho 12/27/13 7:19 AM
agree.  this makes me almost want to go to bing or anyone else that can do this as well as google once did. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Bill Cable 12/27/13 7:51 AM
Yahoo Maps does it well enough. 
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Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Allen Oliver 12/27/13 11:30 AM
@Lisa Hura As far as I can see the only reason this feature is "better" (for google) would be that it forces you to use the search box more. 
Which means more data that google can collect and in a format that provides them more context about your search since you have 
to associate a business or location instead of coordinates( based on Daniel's 7/23 post) which is easier for google to process.

I see a user experience made worse just so that google can collect just a little more information.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 12/27/13 3:48 PM
D.C. Petersen,

Twice as many, really! I don't think so. Looks more like 7 steps instead of 6...

In the old maps:                                      In the new maps

1. Type in Burlington Mall                        1. Same
2. Press return                                        2. Same
3. Click on search nearby                        3. Click on X
4. Type Target in new search box             4. Type Target in original search box
5. Hit return                                             5. Hit return
6. View list                                              6. Click on view list icon
                                                              7. View list

I will give Lisa Hura her "not at all intuitive" but not "more complicated" and I don't understand why someone would claim "not nearly as effective"
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? nikly 12/27/13 3:51 PM
I'm sorry, I'm shocked that Google agents do not understand. The fact that "Daniel" asked if it's the colors and size of font that we are unhappy with -  when we clearly stated it is the features that have been significantly changed - indicates that there is a language barrier (I'm sorry, truly I mean no offense)
Anyway, I don't miss the "search nearby" feature. I never really used it. What I do miss is the "search" feature, which was under the menu option - which is no longer the same. The old Google navigator is still on my old Droid X, so Google maps must be different for each phone (I have a Galaxy Note 3 now). I just pulled out my old Droid X and the menu has: Routes and alternatives (was great), layers (extremely useful- will explain further) directions list, turn off voice, and more, which contains Search,  set destination, settings and help. The backward Google maps now makes me believe that Google sent the maintenance off shore where the agents there are keeping up only the most minimum of effort. The Search option is\was great! If I was driving a couple of hours to a party, and decided I  wanted to pick up balloons, I could type balloons in my search and it would bring up stores that sold balloons ON THE WAY TO MY DESTINATION. That meant I could look at my route and see all the stores that popped up along the way, and not PAST my destination. So if the closest store is around the block or a block away from my destination, I could select which store I wanted to go to. If I was driving a hundred miles  and wanted to search all the gas stations on the way, I could search for gas stations.  Too many stations populating the screen?  I could go to layers and uncheck gas stations. When I got low in gas, I could check it again and bring up all the gas stations again. Those searches were also stored, so if I previously searched for a pharmacy (walgreens, cvs, whatever) I could check it again and see all walgreens AND gas stations along my route. I know I wasted my time posting this. It will never be translated accurately. I think if I really needed to, I could turn my note into a hotspot and use my Droid X with the better version.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 12/27/13 4:43 PM
@nikly,

I have no idea with regard to language preferences but I do think we are perhaps seeing the results of some cultural differences affecting the direction Maps is taking. The two top people in the Maps section are both from European countries much smaller in area than the U.S.A. and which have, I think, pretty well developed public transportation infrastructure. I suspect those facts might exert a subtle influence on the choices they make when deploying their limited Maps development resources.

The larger problem to me is that it appears the folks who design the Maps interface do not own automobiles and perhaps do not have driver's licenses. If they did we would have a way to easily find gas, detour when necessary, be forewarned with respect to traffic congestion when navigating, locate public parking, and do all the other things you outlined in your post.

Google should require the developers and especially the interface folks to dog food their Maps products in all modes. Wonder what the Google Street-View cars use for navigation?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Lisa Hura 12/28/13 7:17 AM
Maybe you didn't see my earlier post. When using the new feature to try and find specific restaurants near my location (instead of just "restaurants near X") it was often difficult to find the closest location, because if the restaurant had multiple locations, I often got the main location or some other address. And why show me only your advertisers first? I asked for a list of restaurants near my location - why show me only one? Why make me click on more icons to see more options? That makes searching more complicated and not as effective, IMO.

And I still haven't heard any way in which this method is superior to the earlier method. I am not getting better results; in fact, I am finding it more difficult to just get the same results. I am not getting faster results, since there is more clicking involved. Perhaps what Google things is superior is that it more effectively highlights your advertisers; after all, I see them first and have to click around to get a full list of results. But for me, as a user, that's not an improvement.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 12/28/13 9:20 AM
@Lisa Hura,

Not sure if I did see your earlier post, but I certainly agree with your criticisms and your characterizations for the very common use case you set out above. I, too, want to see the stuff nearest and not just the sites of the guys who paid the most money. Google did the same thing for their Shopping App which is why I never use it any more.

If Google continue down this utterly sophomoric path I will further reduce my Maps use and go back to relying on my standalone GPS units along with knowledge gleaned from talking with local folks. No longer do I recommend Maps as the, or even a, reason to purchase or use an Android device. My soccer mom and dad friends just don't grok the new Maps even with lots of one-on-one coaching. None of their children jump in to help either.

Google is killing their Golden Goose they just haven't realized it yet..
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Emal Osman 12/28/13 7:46 PM
Seems "Daniel” and Google have disappeared from this forum...
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ve8len 12/29/13 4:03 AM
Daniel - I would like to echo this feedback others are given. There's a dramatic dropoff in "intuitiveness" in these search actions in the new Google Maps that supercedes any increase in screen real estate. In addition to "search nearby," another example is the loss of the blue "My Location" button - users get a very visceral feeling on clicking my location to center to where our browser thinks we are and seeing a marker there, and that feeling is much more important to intuitiveness than just trusting that maps will center themselves. These clicks and actions are very important to the user - much more so than having to type "...near address" or "My Location" into the search bar. I think we'd love to hear some concrete information about whether you are experimenting in the beta phase to see if people can get by without these buttons/features, or if there are real plans to bring them back soon.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Adam C... 12/29/13 6:51 AM
And here's another example that's at the opposite end of the spectrum from Lisa's, but again points out the value of the old functionality.  Instead of looking for specific restaurants near a location, I wanted restaurants near a specific location, but google wouldn't do the search unless I left off the name of the hotel entirely.  I typed in Sofitel, san francisco, a hotel I was staying at, and got to "Sofitel San Francisco bay, Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA."  When I added "restaurants near" at the beginning of that query, it returned no results.  If I deleted all the stuff at the end and just said "restaurants near sofitel, san francisco", (my original query, and what google would have me do), it gave me one result.  What I ended up having to do was to delete the entire query and just type restaurants without changing where the map was showing.  Upon reflection, I realized that I could have typed in "restaurants near Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA", and testing that, it worked.  But I didn't have the address at first, just the hotel name.  So instead of typing in my hotel and then selecting search nearby, I had to two type 4 different queries to figure out how to get the results I wanted.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Pearl Park 12/29/13 7:55 AM
Losing this feature doesn't make any sense. I'm going back to the old google maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Virginia Snider 12/30/13 10:38 AM
I liked the find nearby feature before as it would give a list of options for what you are looking for, now it seems I get only one option. If I search for thrift stores instead of listing all that are close it gives one option. I find the new maps far less functional
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Virginia Snider 12/30/13 10:38 AM
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 12/30/13 5:21 PM
@Virginia Snider,

Try clicking on "List all results" next to the hamburger icon all located just below your single result
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? dawn morin 1/1/14 12:58 PM
Last year I mapped out a trip down the east coast and back. I  used the 'search nearby' to find camp grounds and some pretty great/cheap state parks.Having the 'distance' provided in the search results was extremely helpful in finding those places to stay near each destination, especially since I was traveling with a 6 year old!  Also, you never know how you will feel after driving many hours. Having the 'distance' feature allows one to see how much further to each stop to help  decide which stop would be best. 

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Virginia Snider 1/1/14 1:02 PM
Thanks, that worked.  As long as I am zoomed into my current location it seems to work similar to the places feature that I used before. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ak akelin 1/2/14 1:23 AM
Please submit a request to bring the "search nearby" function back. Google Maps got much worse without it.

Sincerely,
Frustrated user 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? GreenEyes1952 1/2/14 6:20 AM
Hi ak akelin,
That's a great idea but how do we do that? I think we should all send in such a request but I see no such option, as as request tab, on the Google site. Can you post the link to the request tab or the URL?
We could include a link to this Chat thread so they see how important it is to so many people. Thanks!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ehg 1/2/14 6:31 AM
there are severeal public platforms to create and puplish petitionswww.change.org
Other users did this already: http://chn.ge/1aoJCf5 

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 1/2/14 3:43 PM
@GreenEyes1952,

You can give feedback from Maps itself by clicking on the "Report a problem" link at the bottom right of the Map page and then clicking on "Send general feedback" in the window that pops up.

That's got to work lots better than doing some sort of public petition!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? garvster 1/2/14 8:15 PM
August Falcon....

what makes you think that submitting a problem report will make google respond to the problem when this thread has been active for so long yet google has had almost 0 (zero) involvement?

you also don't seem to understand what this thread really is about. you only give little work around s that might work in certin scenarios but you do not understand the bigger picture... 'everything google has done as far as searching nearby, requires too much effort as opposed to the previous simply right clicking location and selecting "search nearby.".

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? David Betancourt 1/2/14 11:32 PM
There is no easy way for the layman to do a quick search nearby in the new Google Maps. I use this feature very often. I just tried Mapquest for the first time in many years. The GUI appears to be much more user friendly and has "search nearby". Switched long ago because GMaps was far superior, but not so much anymore. Rather unfortunate.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Rodney D Beede 1/3/14 9:43 AM
The following should be done:

  1. Add a "Search Nearby" link as existed in the previous version.

  2. On the list of results each list item should have the distance from the starting point to the result item (in miles or kilometers) as existed in the previous version


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Rodney D Beede 1/3/14 1:30 PM
At the bottom right corner of the new google maps page, there is a small "?" icon. You can use that you revert to the classic old google maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? GreenEyes1952 1/4/14 6:03 AM
That's just a Band-aid solution for now though Rodney. A good one but just a temporary fix. Switching back to the old version is likely going to disappear in a few months.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Chris Kemp 1/5/14 1:06 AM
As you will see, I am posting this in January 2014 as I have become frustrated with maps on my android. It seems obvious to me that the old version was better, where . Could search for a destination, drop a pin, then search for places around my original 'pin/location', so I can see how far it is or have a route planned.  It us disappointing that Google acknowledged this as a major problem in July 2013 but still haven't done anything.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Sangeeta Darji 1/5/14 7:11 AM
I can't even figure out where the search bar is in this thing!  You used to be able to click and a box would pop up and you could search for "marriott" or "pizza". Now there's not even a box (that I can find). 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 1/5/14 11:04 AM
@garvster,

I believe submitting a problem report directly from the application is a better method than merely using this group because the former is a direct link to the team; it will show up in their statistics and reports and accordingly will most likely reflect upon their and their managers performance evaluations. This is a moderated group. There is someone between us and the team. What the team hears from this group is dependent upon what the moderator reports. Moderator activity within this group has been minimal with only an occasional posting. Further, the months of activity here with the zero involvement by Google that you mention should make it obvious that
 only posting here is an ineffective means of accomplishing change; it doesn't work! Time to try something new!

Sorry, I have to disagree that this threat is actually about "everything having to do with search taking too much effort." I believe it is about being able to quickly and easily find the items important to us on the Map in any location of our choosing and then taking control of that item to use as we wish whether it be saving it in a readily accessible place, sending its location easily to others, finding a route appropriate to our need to approach the object,or incorporating it into a map of our own design, etc. Easily is only part of the purpose. First is just finding it ... then comes easy!

My "little workarounds" are actually how its done in the present V7 Map universe. They were posted because people were not at all able to complete their searches in many cases and had not, for whatever reason, been able to discover a way to conduct their search. They were not complaining that it was too hard but that they couldn't complete a search. Certainly, if you feel my workarounds are not helpful to you or appropriate to your search needs just ignore them. After all, I am only a user like you.

I, like you, want to change Maps so they are both more useful to me and easier to use to boot. If I fail I am willing to move on to something else which will work for me. There are lots of other Map applications around that offer a more accessible and professional or at least less sophomoric approach to navigation than Maps V7. Alas, one cannot merely trade personal information for them. It requires actual money. I now have a couple of those on my Android phone and am starting to use them more often.I even have a couple of standalone GPSr for those times when relying on Google or its services being available could endanger my life or safety rather than just being irritating..

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jennifer Lampton 1/5/14 12:59 PM
Daniel,

I don't understand why the Google Maps team isn't working to put back the missing feature. I was confused as to why search nearby was removed from the new maps, and as a usability specialist, I'm sure that retraining everyone to use an inferior alternative (though you may be working on improving it) is the right solution here.

When someone clicks on a pin in the new maps, there's a lot of information that shows up on the left, including complex forms like booking rooms at hotels.  Please add a search box here, with "Search nearby" as the label. Use the data google maps already knows about the location of this pin to "fill in the blank" for us, and run the search "find X near ___". 

Don't make people retype information gmap already has (which users may not even know ). 

Also, this is not a new search, we want to see those results in the context of this pin. Don't treat the "Search nearby" as something separate.

Put back the missing feature, please.

Jen
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jennifer Lampton 1/5/14 1:32 PM
It looks like L left out an important word:

I'm sure that retraining everyone to use an inferior alternative is NOT the right solution here.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Les Wise Davis 1/7/14 12:24 PM
You should consider going back to having a "button" to search near by.  Having to type in the request is not as user friendly.  I am probably not the other one that will use other map providers that do provide the search near by feature.

It's about making it easier for the user.  Right?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? eeyal11 1/8/14 4:40 PM
Hi Daniel,

Never took the time to right in support forms but I'm so furstrated with the new update. I'm sure you guys now what you do but you took something so easy and made it so difficult...
I used to love search nearby as it gave me results according to key words so if I don't remember the exact name I could still easily find what I was looking for. Also, it used to give several options which is not the case w update and say the distance of each (so yu actually see all places selling coffee around that location and their names. Today I tried looking up starbucks near an apartment and the results gave me starbuss on the other side of the city. Where in the past it would show what's around and list it by distance. It is just not easy anymore and I think twice if I have to use the application. This WAS my fav app...

Hope you can help.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Nomad Moremad 1/8/14 9:38 PM
Jeez, don't fix what's not broken ! Google maps was sooo easy to use and so much better than the others out there. The 'new' one really sucks. Please add the Search Nearby option and please make it intuitive to use. It took me a while to figure how to even zoom in , lol ! You should not need a training manual for this - it should be easy to use like the old maps. After some frustrating issues with Google Plus, I am very letdown by this new Maps. The Google community manager just doesn't seem to get it. It reminds me of some conversations I have had with other large companies where they seem to think they know whats best for you. 

Ohh Google are you slowly turning into the new microsoft?  we'll probably just have to sit it out till the next google comes along.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? jwindberg 1/9/14 9:18 AM
"Search nearby" was quick, clear, precise, understandable, accurate, and useful.

It was a standard process to use maps to find a location I was going to be traveling to, then use "search nearby" in order to find the closest coffee, or something similar.

Search nearby would be correctly searching for coffee closest to the actual location of the address I was heading for.
Entering "coffee near mountain view" does not come close.
I keep switching back to the previous maps view in order to get search nearby, and if it doesn't come back as a feature, I will be looking at the other map solutions to see if I can get that feature there.
It is that important to me.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Steve Dale 1/9/14 11:53 AM
Wow, this thread is awesome (both positive and negative).

It is great that there is a thread on the topic.  It is just as amazing that Google took this feature out, and Dan (sorry sir), you are acting as if this is surprising.  Really? a) is Google so out of touch with its core products that it didn't see this one coming? b) you guys should have the tracking to know that this is a core feature - everyone I know used to use this feature (okay so I am a consultant working with consultants who are often in unknown territory).

Here is an example for you:
Do a search on "restaurants near West Creek, Capital One Drive".  The results are humorous at best, I find it infuriating.  Capital One drive is on the West End of Richmond, VA. Only one of the search results are even in the same state!  The first result is a ramada inn west in indianapolis, IN.  The second is in Barton Creek Square, in Houston, TX. The third is relatively close in Richmond.  And then all the rest are out of state.  Is this the result of paid advertising? Because if it is, you better collect a lot of advertising dollars now - soon no one will be using Google maps, if the results are so awful.

Here is another interesting thing, all the results are for Hotels not restaurants.  Huh, very weird.  Why in the world would there be that uniformity? I would guess the search engine would either recognize "restaurants" and provide them, or not and just provide anything near, but to only provide hotels? Very strange.

But even when I use it, I only get the location "West Creek, Capital One Drive".  I don't even get the nearby list - NOTHING, NO hotels, NO restaurants.

Really, really devalued the use of the map tool in my opinion.

I hope it gets fixed properly.  Thanks for reading.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? UNC80 1/9/14 7:18 PM
Same question for which I have no answer. Google must learn that if it ain't broken don't fix it. Example: My son lives in SFL.  I want to find a Catholic Church near where he lives.  When I put in his address, I get a suggestion to search nearby for things like Thai food, but no option to change the nature of the search.  So, reluctantly, I click on the Thai food option hoping it will take me to a more general search, but no such luck.  Really bad "upgrade" from a Company whose superior map function all but brought Apple to its knees.  Again, Google, do not fix what ain't broken.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? UNC80 1/9/14 7:21 PM
If your designation with the term manager connotes some authority, maybe you could run the general dissatisfaction up the flag pole for a more customer centered solution like BRING BACK THE OLD SEARCH NEARBY function.  Alternatively, or meanwhile, maybe you could explain what benefit is derived to users from this dysfunctional change.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? UNC80 1/9/14 7:23 PM
I find it incredulous that someone representing maps and the search function in particular has to ask for examples of how the previous function worked.  Really? 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? goodgenie4u 1/10/14 11:20 AM
The KISS principal has been pushed aside by a development team that has little or no life experiences using a critical function " search nearby". As a marketing person for 30 years in internet based solutions, the one thing that mattered was how an app functionality allowed simple steps up a ladder that offered incremental, low effort to achieve.
Secondly this new platform loses it's competitive advantage as Bing and yahoo do not offer this amazing feature.

I have used this feature to travel through areas in Thailand and pick a land mark on the map; one that I never heard of so could not search (as this new format asks you to do) and quickly find hotels or eateries or bus stations.

I will give this new version credit. It looks beautiful and gives you useful info for a pre determined or known address or business. The value ends there. The complaint in summary? Google in it's commendable efforts to improve things, chose FORM over FUNCTION.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Lonny Eachus 1/11/14 2:14 PM
I tried to use "search nearby" just today... I haven't used Google Maps on mobile much in the past but was planning on using it more.

To my dismay, the feature was nowhere to be found. It has been replaced by incomprehensible icons that mean nothing to me, and I had to search around for the function, messing up the existing map each time, only in the end to not find it at all. Trying other types of search didn't work because I didn't know an address, I was LOOKING FOR a business nearby.

So I said "heck with it", opened up another program, and my search was done about 10 seconds after that other app started up.

Change for change's sake is VERY SELDOM good. You had a good thing going, and threw it away. Again.

Bad move, Google. I will now use that other app for my "nearby" searches... which is my biggest use of a mapping app.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jennifer Simpson 1/12/14 12:22 PM
The frustration is that there is no easy simple obvious click "search nearby" that searches for things next to a pin - whatever that pin is.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jennifer Simpson 1/12/14 12:36 PM
Daniel, 

I think first, yes the changing color of the origin pin to a grey makes it hard to see once the search shows all the new locations. 

Here's why people want the "search nearby" button as opposed to typing the search.

Hotels: I am staying at Comfort Suites in Seattle. Where there are actually 10 different hotels. Mine is on Denny. So I search for the hotel first to make sure map search result finds the correct hotel. I enter "Comfort Suites Denny Rd Seattle." The map is correct. So now to find printer: 

Old way: click search nearby: "printer"
New Way: go to text box and type: "printer" in front of the Comfort Suites Denny Rd Seattle. 

Results both ways are great! However, now I found a printer, I want to get there. 

Old way: click get directions and auto-inserts the previously searched info: From Comfort Suites Denny Way Seattle to Office Max on 300 Denny Way. etc. 
New Way: I have to choose starting location all over again. Duh I wanted the Comfort Inn. Now I have to type that in. 

Once I find printer, I need to find lunch place... so I have to go to the text box and enter that, and then do a Driections search. But then I lost the Printer pin on the map.... Where was that? I still need that place! 

Now I need to click on printer location and old way: search Nearby and boom, there are my lunch options. 
New way? It will loose the origin now I can't tell where was the Office Max? I have to remember it. I've never been to this neighborhood so I can't remember. I just want to see the old pin on the map. But it is gone!

That is why people get so frustrated. The Search feature needs to KEEP the origin's pin on the map as a point of reference. And second, in the directions, it needs to default to the origin's PIN simialr to how the map used to work. These features are why Google Maps beat out the competition in the first place. 


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Lonny Eachus 1/12/14 12:44 PM
"These features are why Google Maps beat out the competition in the first place."

Correct. And precisely why Google Maps no longer beats the competition. I am now using a different application, which does this better.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? GreenEyes1952 1/12/14 1:01 PM
I need it for job searching!! It's an excellent tool for doing a job search in a particular area of a city. The 'search nearby' function was far superior to similar functions in the new Google Maps. I used to be able to put in an intersection and 'search nearby....for businesses'. It would show me a long list of results for businesses. I then would go into each company website, extract the appropriate email address(es), and send them my unsolicited resume/cover letter. It was one of my more positive methods of job searching. When I was unemployed a few years ago for over two years, I sent out over 800 unsolicited resumes using this method. I got several referrals, interviews, and temp jobs all because of having used the 'search nearby' option. Years prior I ended up getting a good job that as well. Now I find myself unemployed again and very upset at not having this convenient tool as another means of doing a job search. Please bring it back ASAP!! Thank you.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Dexy Jones 1/12/14 9:22 PM
To me this is pretty straight forward

The search nearby feature was very important to me because I usually don't show up to google maps because I wanted to search "tacos near gary danko".

Its usually because first of all I was searching "gary danko" and then after finding "gary danko", I now wanted to search for things/services nearby. I don't want to go back and start re typing "tacos near gary danko" feels like I'm going back to the beginning.

Furthermore, what if the location was something that I wasn't sure of, e.g I scrolled the map to the next town close to "gary danko" which I don't know the name of, and I want to search for Tacos in that "unknown" town, so "Search nearby" was the best way to do this.



Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? phs 1/13/14 9:54 AM
The thing I liked best about the old function (other than being able to find it) was getting a bunch of pins on the map.  Then I could visually determine which might be the best geographically, hover over or click on it, and learn more.  What a concept.

Today I noticed this feature was missing when I did this:  Asked for a route from SFO to the Grand Hyatt.  I have never been to San-Francisco, so I need lots of help.  After that, I did what I usually do:  Tried to get pins on the map for all oxygen suppliers near the route.  The stylish new interface did a good job of making feel dumb.  And at the end, I am picking up the phone to call the one oxygen vendor closer than Indiana that was listed on the map, and ask them if there is another vendor closer.  Phooey.  I'm back in the sixties.

Sorry to enter this as a reply.  I am too stupid and un-stylish to figure out how to post a reply to the base question.  I don't have time to keep up with each stylish vendor's amazing changes.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Kristina Stinnette 1/13/14 9:37 PM
I am not a huge fan of mapquest, but http://www.mapquest.com/ does still have Search Nearby.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Steven Dwinell 1/14/14 7:36 AM
I am coming to this late.  I just tried to use "search nearby" and used the address.  Did not work.  You have to consider this a loss of functionality in the new Google Maps.  I guess I will go back to Yahoo. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Lauren A. 1/14/14 6:43 PM
Thank you for taking the time to respond to these. My biggest frustration is when going to a new area. For an example, i have an early morning meeting at a car dealership in an area i'm not familiar with tomorrow. I am planning on getting there with plenty of time to spare and in the old Google Maps, I would have been able to right-click the pin of the address I'm going to and hit "What's Nearby?" to search for coffee in the area. Now that this is no longer available (and becasue I know nothing of the area so can't very well search an exact address), I attempt to use your suggestion.

By using your suggestion, I enter "Starbucks near (enter dealership here)" and the new Google Maps directs to an entirely different dealership 27.5 miles away that apparently has an in-house Starbucks brewer for their clients that many people have commented about, making it the #1 suggestion. Sigh.

Loved the "what's nearby" feature. Please re-enable it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Gopi1111111123 1/14/14 7:27 PM
I agree.  Old Gmail interface was way better.  Search Nearby is the key functionality that is missing. Not very intuitive in the new Google maps.  Please re-enable it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? makatski 1/15/14 7:49 AM
BRING THE "Search NEAR BY" back! i'm trying to figure out how far it is from a park to a City ugh... bring it back!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CarolineEMC2 1/15/14 9:36 AM
Totally agree and visited this page because I am planning a trip and was doing a search near by to see what is near the venue. 

Not sure if this is the place to post a general comment, but Google seems to like obscuring links and features. The formatting tools in gmail used to be a visible point and click and now the user must mouse over icons to get to the desired button. Apps used to be accessible by clear text links and not they are obscured within a grid, which initially took me a bit to locate and I am a programmer. I could go on.

Google's goal seems to be to save space, compact design and use fancy HTML5 and AJAX programming to create movement on the page. I prefer usability over entertainment.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? GreenEyes1952 1/15/14 9:51 AM
I know what you mean by "obscuring links and features", CarolineEMC2....it took me ages to find the 'short URL' feature. And like I mentioned much earlier: I really need 'search nearby' to do my job search.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? JanetLL 1/15/14 11:40 AM
I loved this feature and wish it would come back. Used it all the time to find a coffee place for a meeting, parking, etc. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? (unknown) 1/15/14 12:13 PM
The easiest way to explain this. For example:

I want to go get McDonalds and I also want to pick up some tacobell too.  I cannot type in find tacobell near mcdonalds and get anywhere fast.

-rc
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mahesh Peram 1/15/14 12:38 PM
I totally agree with Jenn
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Crash Crashley 1/15/14 1:59 PM
Appears this was never brought back...... I have an example for you Daniel. Currently traveling and looking at the convention center I have to be at during the day. That show up as a red dot in the new Google maps.  However when I want to find the hotel that is closest to the convention center all the hotels appear and my pin of the convention center I am going to be in all day disappears and all I see are the hotels.  I personally am geographically inept, so when this happens I now have no idea where the convention center went.  however I can see all the hotels in the area.  The old Google maps, would keep your current location you had entered and then show you the hotels in the area.  This feature is gone and it is extremely frustrating.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Crash Crashley 1/15/14 2:05 PM
For reference to what we are all missing please go visit mapquest, they still offer this feature! You type in where you are going, and the click on nearby. Where you are going is still highlighted and then if you are looking for a restaurant, hotel, etc. they appear your original destination. Google used to offer this, they no longer do! Time to start using Mapquest when traveling to find what I am looking for.  Yahoo! Still offers this as well as another option.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mag K Thomp 1/15/14 5:11 PM
Can't say how much i agree - bring back search nearby!  In NYC at a hotel at the moment.  Want to find restaurants nearby.  I can search for the hotel, then clear the search field and just search restaurants, but then the pin marking where my hotel is disappears and if I find a restaurant I like to get directions I then have to click on the restaurant and RETYPE my hotel address to get directions. 

Before it was simple - find hotel on map, hit search nearby and then get directions straight to there.  SO MUCH EASIER.  
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Joseph Flahiff 1/15/14 11:33 PM
The fact is most people want TWO points on the map. ONE is the place they search for; maybe a hotel in a new city they have never been to. TWO is whatever they are searching for a restaurant, dry cleaner, coffee shop. We want to see BOTH points on the map so we can see where one is and where the other, how to get there, are there other options near by.  

You just changed too many things all at the same time.  No more big bang releases! Incremental change, please!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? GreenEyes1952 1/16/14 6:02 AM
....and I need the list too, the list that used to show up on the left side of the map. As I mentioned and explained before (December 17 2013), I use 'Search Nearby' for my job search.and I need to know what businesses are near certain intersections so I can search for potential employers (to send unsolicited resumes to) in convenient geographical areas. Please bring it back ASAP!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CarolineEMC2 1/16/14 8:17 AM
Sounds like Crash Crashly offered a great solution. If Google is going to continue to downgrade the user experience, Start using their competition. Since they offer the desired features that Google used to have, switching to Mapquest sounds like a no brainier to me. No waiting for Google to fix anything.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? optshift 1/16/14 9:07 AM
Thanks, Gregory, for articulation the angst I experienced reading this thread! 

Here's an example, Daniel, that comes with a suggestion in where to place the old 'search nearby' option.  When an address is pinned on the new map, it is clickable and opens a window that has options to click 'directions' or 'save.'  This would be the perfect place to add a third option called 'search nearby' with a text field waiting for my entry.

Is that doable?

Thanks for your attention.

Nechama
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? optshift 1/16/14 9:18 AM
p.s. otherwise I'll just use Yelp.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Isarian 1/16/14 10:53 AM
I used this feature as well, pretty upset that it's been stripped out.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Practical App 1/16/14 11:20 AM
Daniel,

Not to beat a dead horse, but I'm running into the same issue people on this thread are.  

Here's an example: I want to find coffee shops around "Orange Sushi" in Fullerton, CA.  In classic GMaps, it produces exactly what I need.  However, when I search "coffee near orange sushi, fullerton, ca" or "coffee near "orange sushi"" in the new version, it takes me to random places in Orange County that offer coffee and sushi.

In order to get what I wanted, I had to go back to Classic to get it.  It would be preferable to just bring along that feature for users like me who want to explore areas near specific places.

Thanks!


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? justin hull 1/16/14 12:27 PM
Daniel,

Taking the input you gave I tried the method of gaining a location, then adding to the address a <something> near ...  To give a real world example.  There is a place called Southern Eights Farm with an address of

305 Lucious David Road in Chesterfield, South Carolina.  That is the address they give on their web site.  So I type that into maps (or from the site click on larger and I get maps) and I have a token displayed showing the location.


So I got my location and I want to know of hotels near by.  So I add hotels near in front of the address in the search bar and while it does show me hotels, I lose the original token so I can't get a good idea of placement without going back or "guessing" where I am located.


The new system is "workable" but less user friendly.  It would be nice to pin the original location then be able to get rough mileage from/to POIs.  it would also be helpful to maintain the current search location for directions.  Currently when I click on directions I would need to (at times) re-type the address again.  Okay on a desktop, but a pain on a mobile device.

More to the point, why make major changes to a UI that seemingly was either helpful or neutral to your product base?  
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CarolineEMC2 1/16/14 12:43 PM
I think we are all beating a dead horse. http://www.mapquest.com/ has all the features we all seek, Google has to do or admit anything and we can search nearby. There is nothing preventing any of us using a service that's not Google. I also hate the way their recent update of iPhone maps functions and have switched to MapQuest as well. 

If people stop using their services maybe they will start to understand that their "improvements" are driving people elsewhere. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? MTMoney 1/16/14 12:49 PM
I tried out the Beta many months ago and went back to the original maps because this feature, "search nearby" and others I can't remember off the top of my head were gone.  The new maps felt more pretty but less functional.  It's going to be a pain using different maps.  Hope they put this back in.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? l e e 1/16/14 1:12 PM
Count this as my vote for "search nearby" to be reintegrated.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jennifer Simpson 1/16/14 1:15 PM
YAY you're right CarolineEMC2!  Mapquest does it! Woot! I'm officially a Mapquest convert! 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? just6979 1/16/14 1:38 PM
The change, however, is not the loss of "search nearby". Since the new Maps UI, search has always been "nearby" unless a place is specified in the query (with "near"). After searching for a place, which will then place a pin on the map, the next search is already a "nearby" search centered around the previous search location. As an example, I can search for "Boston South Station" & Maps zooms to the station, and if I then search for "coffee", I get nearby coffee locations. 

The real change is not removal of "search nearby" In fact, "search nearby" is now the default. So most of you complaining are actually mad because they made something _easier_ for you, you just keep using the same search box, no need for a special "search nearby" section.The real change is not being able to drop a pin at an arbitrary location. The alternative is to "Save" the location after searching for it. Then you get a star on your map, so you can see how far the nearby search results are from your primary target.

I think everyone should stop overreacting when something changes, especially when the change isn't actually what you think it is.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? just6979 1/16/14 1:44 PM
To get this functionality you just keep searching! No need to drop a pin, just find the client company's pin, then search for tacos. The second search is automatically "nearby" the viewable map area, which would be just what you want once you find the company on the map.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jennifer Simpson 1/16/14 1:51 PM
Justin, you're right in that it's hard for some people to switch over. But I agree with the main complaint (I've experienced it)... that sometimes the map removes the origin's locations' pin (unless you save the locations first).
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jennifer Simpson 1/16/14 1:55 PM
LOL I actually tried the search nearby way in GoogleMaps using your McDonalds/Taco Bell Example: 

Search: McDonalds, Seattle 

Got a map, chose a PIN. 

Then I typed:

Taco Bell McDonalds Seattle. 

Do it and see what happens! 

Then type:

Taco Bell near McDolds Seattle. 

And see what happens. 

Perfect example. 

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? jwindberg 1/16/14 2:01 PM
Not quite true.
Search for Seattle Center Pavilion, then search for Starbucks.
Yes, you are seeing starbucks, and they arr nearby Seattle Center, but the pin for seattle center is now gone.
So, if you are trying to use the map to see the distance, and plan your drive or walk, you have lost information.
The previous implementation was a little less magical, but a lot more clear and informative.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? jwindberg 1/16/14 2:02 PM
Yes, but the original pin is gone, so you cannot see its relative position any more, so the nearness is not so obvious.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? arthur gamboa 1/16/14 3:44 PM
Please bring this feature back. I do not know why you removed it but I used it all the time.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Censorship_is_EVIL 1/16/14 4:27 PM
Yet again google removes useful and proven features from a google product.

I wouldn't be surprised if google announces that they are going to discontinue end-of-life maps like that have so many other useful tools.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Steve Wozniak 1/16/14 4:44 PM
Thanks. I travel a lot and used this feature many times a day on the average. I'm not happy at all with the work-arounds.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? mperew 1/17/14 9:20 AM
Definitely in agreement that the classic search nearby needs to be restored.  I want to search what's near a specific, very specific location.  Have you tried "Vegetarian Restaurant near Los Angeles"?  The results are not useful.  If my map is already located a particular hotel or event site, then I could (in the classic mode) quickly and easily get a list of nearby <fill-in-the-blanks>.

In other words:  Put it back!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? mistermarc 1/17/14 11:36 AM
Guys, this was a no-brainer for users to continue to want. The real question, which I do not expect the answer to, is why did Google remove it. While I am a skeptic normally, I doubt highly that they would remove such a used feature unless they had a goodie to reveal soon. I have faith in Google, what can I say. Fingers crossed.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? John Breimann 1/17/14 11:42 AM
Why would you remove one of the best features? This is super useful when traveling to an unknown area
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Gregory Nelson 1/17/14 2:12 PM
I also miss this functionality.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? NE Office 1/17/14 5:12 PM
I do marketing for a real estate office and constantly use the Google maps "search nearby" function when writing about a listing or just describing a neighborhood. It's helps sell houses and helps promote local businesses and restaurants. Where did this function go? I have to revert to the old version of maps until it's discontinued. I say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Hung Stud 1/17/14 5:53 PM
How did you revert? Can you revert on desktop.

This latest update has made Google Maps virtually unusable. I used to be able to type in my address or zip code, type in the name of a business or business type, and get pins of all the relevant locations, at which point I could click on each pin to see which was nearest. Now some of the pins are blocked by the hover box that search generates, and if you try to get around it, the whole map moves. If you click on a pin the rest disappear and the map resets at that location -- it's just too confusing. It reminds me of the crapshow that was Apple Maps.

I can't understand why Google would "update" a product that everyone uses and remove tools that made it functional -- apparently with little to no end user beta testing. I don't mind a learning curve, but this is just too frustrating to use -- is Mapquest still around?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? amdennis 1/18/14 4:16 AM
Daniel,

It's really pretty simple.  People search from a starting point and then broaden the search for the items they are looking for around the point.  This way simply doesn't make sense.  I can only click on the "suggested searches", e.g., "search for taco's" but there is not general search query.  It has nothing to do with color, it is confusing to me and you have clearly confused your constituency.  
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? phs 1/18/14 11:54 AM
Someone asked how Google could do this without any beta testing.  In my travels to understand this issue I found comments from July 2013 complaining about this issue.  In a beta test context.  Google ignored them.

Looks like Google is a Big Company now.  No more "Don't be evil."
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Queens TNT 1/18/14 8:46 PM
It looks like people have been upset with this change for a quite a while now. I'm surprised google hasn't listened and I agree with the poster who asked why Daniel doesn't understand about the usefulness of this feature.  I am taking my dog to a groomer in a neighborhood I don't know very well. I want to find out if my gym new york sports club has a location nearby.  So I search "my gym name" near "my groomers business" and guess what. it gave me results for hotels.  WTF?? That is just plain unhelpful! 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? rawdred 1/19/14 9:22 AM
Hi Daniel

I think you're missing the point!! we want search nearby back again. if you ask us what we like about search nearby it is everything connected to that.  There is not one part of the function we miss... it IS the function we miss.  new google maps is primarily about what you want, but google was found on the fact that you dont know what you want and you need to know more. search nearby is an essential idea of what google is, and why it made it into the top slot.  stop stringing us along...
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? JigglyWigglyPuffyPie 1/20/14 7:02 AM
New Google Maps sucks. I'm out. Thanks for the good times, Google, but you're blowing it left and right these days.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Emal Osman 1/21/14 3:32 AM
I think Daniel is a  'bot ...keeps showing us new ways to do searches without giving answers to why maps is being made less functional...  I'm out. Going to Mapquest.its been fun google.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Megan Kalstad 1/21/14 10:06 AM
Mapquest has a search nearby option. I have been using Google Maps for years, but I think I will be moving back to Mapquest as my default.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Chris Kellen 1/21/14 10:57 AM
It absolutely is not as intuitive or user friendly as it used to be. Why not re-instate the left click on any pin? 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Dylan Cedotal 1/22/14 10:21 AM
from yo mama

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Dylan Cedotal 1/22/14 10:21 AM
from yo mamas ass

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Gedden 1/24/14 8:04 AM
Its more grievous than that.
  • if I search for an address and then type "Sandwitches", it defaults to some sandwitch shop in California, even tho I live in AZ :) Prob works well for yall who live in CA!
  • I have to type in the search box: <search> loc: <Address>, which means I have to know the limitations of the UI before I start.
  • in the old UI you could see a list of places and how far away they were. Now you have to play "where's waldo"
  • The "micro" list that appears shows top "rated". For example if I search for "mexican food loc: <Address>" I get the top rated restaurants in the city, which effectively ignores the address I just entered. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Kris Bishop 1/24/14 10:44 AM
I can't seem to get storage near (business name and address) to work in the new Google maps.  Not sure if I just don't understand the syntax or if I'm doing something wrong.  Fortunately, I can use the option to switch back to Classic View and still utilize the search nearby functionality.  The other thing that was very important to me about search nearby is it gave me a list of names and phone numbers along with how far they were from the original marker.  This comes in very handy when you are looking for a list of people to call for providing a service.  You have important details in front of you so you can run down the list and you know how far either you or they will have to travel at a glance.  
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Shawn Pelc 1/24/14 11:27 AM
Daniel - just PLEASE BRING BACK THE SEARCH NEARBY FUNCTION - or you will find people flocking to Bing

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? WayneNH 1/24/14 12:06 PM
Use case: Going to a specific address and I want to know (1) where the parking garages are and (2) where the best coffee is. Typing "coffee near Boston" or a suburb is useless in planning. Retyping in near:{address} (if I can remember it again) is bad and even worse in mobile.

Thank you.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? pengdu 1/25/14 2:48 PM
without this feature in the new google map, i have to use maprequest instead. I hope this feature can come back soon.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? David Mead 1/26/14 7:56 AM
+1. Search Nearby was a key feature, I travel for business every week and used Google Maps on daily basis. Sorely regret upgrading to new version and now looking for alternatives
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? JamesColgan 1/26/14 11:10 AM
Daniel,

The request refers to "workflow" more than the natural language processing required of the "Tacos near gary danko" search feature from the start.

Desired flow:

1. Search for a place of interest, eg. Gary Danko.
2. Gary Danko is shown on the map and the user feels satisfaction...but then curiosity.  "Is X nearby?" or "Are there any X's nearby?".
3. Click on Search Nearby link in the location information box (top left hand corner under the search box) or an information pane revealed upon right click (preferred).
4. Enter X in the search box and hit return.
5. Additional pins on the map are revealed showing all of the X's in the immediate vicinity of Gary Dankos.

Note: no page refresh has occurred.

Currently, without the desired flow above, the user would likely have to search for "Gary Danko", and then do an additional search for "X's near Gary Danko".  This flow does not have the sense of being a refinement of the initial search, with the associated feeling of progress being made, but of two separate searches forcing the input of the term "Gary Dank" twice.  This makes the user feel inefficient and the service not as useful as it could be.  This situation is exacerbated by the fact that users were "trained" or accustomed to the previously available "search refinement flow".

- James


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? lutermanji 1/26/14 2:44 PM
So I realize nobody has commented on this for months but I google searched 'how do i search nearby stuff on google maps now' and this came up. After reading about how apparently nobody at Google understood how their own application was being used, I have some questions for Dan:


Is Google actively trying to ruin all their products at once to cause some sort of great migration to their competitors?

Or are they just tired of people liking their company?

This would be 1 in a HUGE list of Google cramming some new unrequested update down everyone's throats. (Hangouts, Google+, YouTube)
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Aditya Gandhi 1/26/14 9:39 PM
here are some thoughts..
if I were going to Repsol, Calle Méndez Álvaro 44 en Madrid
and wanted to search for hotels near this place..
earlier I could search for the address and use search nearby to get list of hotels and their distance from this location

now hotel near Repsol, Calle Méndez Álvaro 44 en Madrid does not work.
hotel near "Repsol, Calle Méndez Álvaro 44 en Madrid" gives the results I am looking for however does not make it easy to understand distance from the location etc. and as others mentioned the pin also is not as obvious

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? pekopak 1/27/14 3:48 PM
Daniel,
The problem with your current example is that you have to know where you are in order to use your form of "search nearby." You have to use a name and search near that name. But if all you have are the name of two streets that intersection, you can't pin that location and then select "search nearby." Once you've searched for the intersection there isn't really room to add a search nearby to that. In the old system you could drop a pin at the intersection, click on the pin, and search nearby.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Shay Mason 1/28/14 3:49 PM
OMG I used this feature EVERY DAY at my job and at least weekly for my personal use. PLEASE BRING BACK THIS FEATURE!! It was very valuable to me and the work around isn't good enough!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Glen Dyszynski 1/29/14 10:10 AM
First time ever posting on here.  There have been 14 pages of replies on this over the last 6 months.  How can you guys not get that this is a feature that needs to be easier to use?  I just went on there and got a headache trying to figure out how to do this.  I use Google for everything, but this one is absolutely unacceptably difficult.  It sickens me to think that I might actually use Bing or Mapquest to see if their functionality is better.  Seriously guys, add a freaking popup...
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? VJocson 1/29/14 10:55 AM
Please bring back the SEARCH NEARBY function!!!!!
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Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Larry Imhoff 1/29/14 5:12 PM
Daniel -- in addition to the "loss" of search nearby, I am noticing that I get different results from the new Maps search near address (or landmark) than I got with the classic where I had pinned an address and did a search nearby.  Frankly it made me wonder if I was being led by the new Maps to google preferred results.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Bill McClintock 1/29/14 8:00 PM
Google really fucked up big time by removing search nearby, wtf were you thinking, you fucking dumbassas!

I'm going to another map, fuck you assholes

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? jeniw 1/31/14 10:02 PM
i didn't read the 14 pages of comments from frustrated users, but really Daniel it seems simple: why would you replace a clickable feature with a text-based feature? why would anyone want to do all that typing (and other research) when all one had to do before was click???  what is so difficult to understand?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? K Major 2/1/14 6:14 AM
Times 2
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? 7thwagner 2/1/14 2:09 PM
the real issue is being able to search for all things that are near a point.  
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Ben D. Sawyer 2/1/14 3:01 PM
Wow, this is unusable.  I need the phone number of the best buy near my own house.  There are about six around me, and with the new interface (which as of today I seem 'opted into'.  Joy.) I am unable to discern which is the one I need relative to my house.  The issues are multiple.  The default zoom decides the level of detail.  The candidates in the upper left hand box are not sorted vertically by distance any more, and when I move them to being a list, the zoom becomes even worse.  In the end, I did something I've never done; I used the Mavericks OSX Apple maps.  And although that interface is new to me, I was able to use it on the first try.

Fix this.  It is not well thought out or put together.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Ben D. Sawyer 2/1/14 3:01 PM
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? NickWhymark 2/2/14 6:33 AM
+1 from me! Bring it back google...
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Me Pro 2/4/14 7:34 PM
That is total bull.
Why remove such a usefull tool! 
Why make it harder to use!!?

What the hell? stop phucking around and bring it back.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Kris Bishop 2/4/14 8:11 PM
Something that has really saved me is the fact that you can click on help and return to classic maps temporarily.  I hope this ability isn't removed until they add search nearby to the new interface.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Brian Weitz 2/5/14 4:04 PM
If I may add to this, albeit rather late...though I just discovered this issue for myself.  As my wife drives from Washington, NC to Jacksonville, NC for a couple client meetings, I was on the phone with her trying to find hotels in the latter city or somewhere in between.  What I did in Google Maps:

1. Type in the search area for Washington, NC
2. Got directions to Jacksonville, NC
3. Then tried to right click inthe  area in between so to do a Search Nearby for hotels...and I could not do this.

I don't want to lose my highlighted route between the two cities, but I ended up having to do that in order to look for hotels.
Once I found them, I could then do the directions search again to highlight the route.  Not an idealistic set up.

This is one of the more common functions we (used to) use with Google Maps, so I'm sad to lose that function.  I do hope it's added back in, as I otherwise really like the new map.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? SallyD 2/6/14 7:53 AM
Me too. Bring back the Search Nearby link. Please don't interrogate us to troubleshoot your product. Just make it work.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? SallyD 2/6/14 7:55 AM
Going back to my Safari that didn't get the upgrade. New version is not useful.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? tuscanbob 2/6/14 11:43 AM
I see this string began last June?  Are we really still talking about this?  Bring back the 'search nearby' functionality for pete's sake.  The fact that you can no longer right click somewhere on a map and simply have the 'search nearby' option pop up, a task I performed a dozen times/day on the 'classic' map, befuddles me.  Trying to search for something nearby is no longer quick and intuitive.  I'm back to using 'classic' map.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Christian Rutledge 2/8/14 3:23 PM
Please, please, PLEASE bring back the "search nearby" feature. One of the MOST useful features on Google Maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Travis Setzkorn 2/9/14 8:02 AM
What a terrible solution....I'll never figure out why tech companies always destroy perfectly good applications to "improve" them.  Seriously who's the idiot who decided the search nearby option wasn't useful...he must have never used Google maps before.  If I were you I'd check his internet history, cause he's been using Mapquest.....just like I'm going to start doing

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Boomer Plemon 2/10/14 11:58 AM
Why don't you just type what you are looking for followed by loc: address/location you want to search nearby.  I have checked this against the search nearby link and it provides the same results and you keep the pin for your location.  So if I want hotels by a nightclub with the addresss 919 4th St San Diego, CA  I would type

hotels loc: 919 4th St San Diego, CA 

this pulls the exact same results as the search nearby function in the old maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Justus Ranvier 2/10/14 12:08 PM
"Why don't you just type what you are looking for followed by loc: address/location you want to search nearby."

Because you don't always know how to describe the location in text form.

With the old maps you could click anywhere on the map and search nearby without needing to be able to name your starting point. The new system is a loss of functionality.

Think about this: I know where I work. I know where my friend works. We want to meet up for coffee after work. I know the approximate geographical location where I want to find a coffee shop, but not its name. Before I could just move my mouse over there, create a pin, and search nearby. Now to do the same thing I've got to figure out a textual name for the location first before I can do the search I actually want to do.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Censorship_is_EVIL 2/10/14 12:13 PM
Boomer, you obviously didn't bother to read any of the responses or you would have seen:

1. Requires the user to remember the arcane "loc:" syntax, which is the epitome of a bad user experience.
2. Requires the user to know the exact address to be able to find anything nearby.

Please read a little before giving another not-useful answer that parrots Daniel the google-droid's (android's?) non-answer.

Thank you.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? cbmac 2/10/14 12:45 PM
And then if you want directions, what simple approach do you suggest?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 2/10/14 2:12 PM
FWIW, I just tried what you suggested on my mid 2007 iMac running 10.9.1 using the Maps preview.

I copied and pasted your search term example: "hotels loc: 919 4th St San Diego, CA"

This is what I got:

"

Showing results for hotels near 919 4th St, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

Did you mean:

  • hotels near 919 4th Ave, San Diego, California 92103
  • hotels near 919 4th Ave, San Diego, California 92101 "

Clearly it , the search function using the formerly arcane "loc:", needs some work.

However, if I have just searched an address to the point where a pin appears and I then click on the x clearing the search box and then type Hotels it seems to show them ll near the searched for address.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? J.P. Ruhashya 2/11/14 2:47 PM
I wonder if these big companies actually take time to listen to us! They know we get used to them that whatever they do, we will still use them. I wish we had an alternative.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Andrew Wing 2/11/14 4:54 PM
Apparently Google wishes for us to use Yelp or some other developer's software, which I don't like nearly as much as the former "search nearby" function but find much more intuitive than these shoddy fixes Google has offered. Why oh why was this feature removed?! 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mike Phillips (Seething Sage) 2/13/14 12:50 PM
There's NO excuse for Google not fixing this "Search Nearby" issue by now.  They've had plenty of intelligent, logical, constructive feedback on it.  For every person who posts a complaint here, there are probably a thousand more people who feel the same way.  The only conclusion is that they just don't care.  That's no surprise though.  Just look at the massive amount of complaints they got about the new version of Google Maps for mobile devices.  Just like this desktop version, they haven't addressed the majority of people's concerns.  I uninstalled every update to Google Maps on my Samsung Galaxy S3 just to get the old version back.  But the next time I upgrade my phone I'll be stuck with a newer version unless I go through the process of rooting the phone and manually installing the old .APK, etc.  The same thing goes for this version.  I'm going to use the old Google Maps until it's no longer available, at which point I'll stop using it completely and find another product if they haven't resolved this issue amongst others. ---  So what is the problem with Google the past few years anyway?  Adding new features and maybe changing the look of something *IF* it'll improve the user experience is fine.  But changing something just for the sake of change is stupid.  It's like their development team is trying to justify their employment by fixing things that aren't broken.  All that does in the long run is alienate people.  I used to highly recommend Google, especially Maps.  Now the first thing that comes up when anyone mentions Maps is how Google has screwed them up, and my resentment grows every month that they don't put the stuff back into Maps that *made* Maps so useful.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Tyler Fremming 2/14/14 11:27 AM
Ditto the same comments.  Being able to see the proximity with the original searched address was key.  This has been driving me nuts for awhile. Thanks to everyone for reading my mind, feeling my pain. =)
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Edward shallenberger 2/14/14 4:50 PM
I agree with the multitude.  Bring back "Search Nearby"!!!!!!!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? mperew 2/14/14 5:10 PM
Just out of curiousity, I went to a map, and did the following:

Right click on spot of interest.
In context menu, click on "What's here?"
Observe pin placed on map
Click on pin
Observe that balloon has "Search Nearby"
Click on "Search Nearby"
Enter desired search in box.

It seems that at some point this was restored.

If it matters, I'm using FF 27 on Win7 SP 1.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? geo.osm 2/14/14 5:42 PM
Hi mperew,

you are using the classic (old) Google Maps. There is the search nearby still availiable.

It is missing for the preview (new) Google Maps.

cheers
geo.osm
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Bj F 2/15/14 11:16 AM
Hi i liked to us it especially for names and numbers i know where a place is but cant get name right or dont remember it for search so i would go to maps n click where i know where they are then hit nearby and find number and name example wrecking yard on crows landing changes names every year but aleays there click on building and details pop up. Thanks
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Matthew Beifuss 2/15/14 2:31 PM
That work-around sucks.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Kimberly Zimmer 2/17/14 7:37 AM
I tried the new version of GoogleMaps yesterday and I am already completely frustrated with the lack of "search nearby" feature.
As with all the other hundrends of comments, I am begging you to bring this feature back. It worked. It worked well. We all want it back.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Zhaoyi Wei 2/17/14 7:45 AM
I have to use yelp now... inconvenient...
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? mmsuth 2/17/14 12:39 PM
I want to meet my brother for lunch. I get directions from my house to his and have no way to search the route for restaurants. Search nearby had this functionality. In seeking a "clean" interface Google substituted style for function. It is incredibly frustrating.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? picmcguire 2/17/14 3:15 PM
I hate the new Google "search nearby"  - it is cumbersome!!!!!!!

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? picmcguire 2/17/14 3:17 PM
I don't want to go the extra mile - bring back "search nearby"  

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Sabrina Elisabeth 2/17/14 4:48 PM
It's not the same to use Daniel's suggestion.  I travel a lot for business and when I go into a new city, it was so helpful to search nearby for a CVS pharmacy, a branch of my bank, etc., then get walking directions, etc.  This work around sucks.  I could do it all from the same screen, same search.  Mapquest still has this feature.  Thanks Google, it's been nice, but I'm now switching to Mapquest for all my map needs.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Sabrina Elisabeth 2/17/14 4:54 PM
Clarification?  Everything.  I loved everything about the old "search nearby" feature.  I used it when traveling personally, all from one screen and one search, to find services nearby, activities, etc.  It gave me a list, in order of proximity, I could see the pins on the map, the distance, and directions.  It was fantastic.  

I could also use it for business.  If I was looking for any specific type of business in the area, I could look at the search and keep track of all the businesses in the area, mark them and add them to my map, and contact clients in the area.

Mapquest still offers it, so I'll be using their service.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? SeanFUCKINGpalmer 2/17/14 4:59 PM
I tour manage bands. When advancing tours and looking for hotels on days off its priceless.  I just search for a mall/theatre/cool place and search nearby for hotels. Perfect.  This abomination is a fucking joke. Hello MapQuest! 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Sabrina Elisabeth 2/17/14 5:28 PM
Here, I was looking to stay at the Marriott Pueblo Courtyard, which I found on maps.  I wanted to find the closest Starbucks, so I entered, "Starbucks near Marriott Courtyard Pueblo."  It asks me, "Did you mean: starbucks near Courtyard by Marriott Pueblo Downtown, 110 W 1st St, Pueblo, Colorado 81003?"  Well, since I just searched for it, yes.

Then results come up, but I have to click to give me the listing.  Now the listing gives me info, but not the distance in feet/miles from one location to the other.  So I click on "directions" with the Starbucks address in the "end" window, but the starting point is now empty.  So I have to open a new window to copy & paste address from the Marriott.  It's such a joke.  Way too cumbersome.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Sabrina Elisabeth 2/17/14 5:33 PM
Daniel, actually, old maps let you do that by "saving" locations.  In the old system, my "saved locations" would show up as stars on my map so if I were planning a route, they would appear and I could plan my route based on location/proximity to, for example, go Starbucks first, then the home improvement store.  It also let me do this on Google maps on my Android phone.  I just did this on a drive from Northern California, to Southern California and took the coast.  I pinned everything and I knew exactly how many miles from stop to stop and I could use the directions from place to place.  It was so easy to do this in the old system - just 3 weeks ago - now I'm trying to do the same for Pueblo and it's a big mess.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jonathan Lampe @ DS 2/18/14 9:08 AM
>> Could you clarify for us what you liked about "Search nearby" that is missing in the new Google Maps?

From a usability perspective, it was much easier to click on the pin of the object we just found, then click "Search Nearby" to find something near it.  The recommended alternative "tacos near gary danko" is a huge PITA.  (Why would I retype my search if you could - and you used to - fill in most of it for me?)   
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Dori Schatell 2/18/14 7:09 PM
Oh no!  I am DEVASTATED at the loss of "Search Nearby".  I used it all the time--it was intuitive, and made it easy to find something in a new city.  If anything, Search Nearby was one of the features that made me curse my phone or iPad, because I couldn't use it on those.  The new configuration is NOT intuitive at all, and not nearly as helpful.  Please bring back Search Nearby!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Aaron Gustaveson 2/18/14 7:24 PM
but it removes the original location from the map? In this case it would no longer show Home Depot.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Aaron Gustaveson 2/18/14 7:26 PM
The first apart of #1 is still valid and extremely important
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Aaron Gustaveson 2/18/14 7:30 PM
I want it to leave a pin at the original search location or better yet work like it used to.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? travisstewart42 2/18/14 11:57 PM
Considering this topic is one of the most highly viewed discussions dealing with the new Google Maps, one might think they would take this omission seriously, but it appears that they have simply decided to ignore it and tell users that they are wrong for wanting this feature, and then try to tell us how we should want to perform such searches. Instead they ignore 16 pages of posts about the topic and give a rather unhelpful, at best, stopgap solution.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? travisstewart42 2/19/14 12:00 AM
Maybe things will change now, as more and more people try out the new Google Maps they are realizing this feature is missing and it appear the number of messages is increasing. Why not listen to your users?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Suz PDX 2/19/14 11:42 PM
I appreciate that you are watching this, Daniel. I just don't think you are getting that the "updates" made an inferior product (Search Nearby with a pin of your location being important to a lot of us and then the actual map visuals being terrible). I'm bummed because I've been a big Google user on many platforms but you just majorly interrupted my efficiency. I learned in another blog that Search Nearby is available on MapQuest and it is! Just like the old supremely efficient "feature" in Googlemaps (a great product). I will be "traveling" over there now. Maybe I will check back in awhile to see if the next version is better than this beta version.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? craigslist tracker 2/20/14 8:39 AM
SEARCH NEAR BY PLEASE
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Michelle Gartner 2/20/14 9:19 AM
Nope, this doesn't work the same at all!!! I was looking for a Starbucks and it took me away from the area I was searching in and directly to Seatle. BRING BACK SEARCH NEARBY EXACTLY THE SAME WAY IT USED TO WORK!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Michelle Rosen 2/20/14 12:28 PM
is SEARCH NEARBY really no longer an option? FYI, Yahoo maps has this option. REALLY need the search nearby feature.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Daniel - Google Community Manager 2/20/14 12:57 PM
Thanks, all, for the continued feedback, I'll be sure to pass this along to the team. A couple ways to do this now:

  1. You can search "tacos near mountain view"
  2. Or, simply zoom to the selected area and search for "tacos"

It's great to discuss features here in the forum, please keep that coming — don't forget to also use the feedback tool in Google Maps, it's the most direct way to let the developers know your thoughts!

To send us your feedback directly from the new Google Maps:
  1. Open the feedback tool:
    • Click the  Help button in the bottom right corner, and click Send general feedback.
    • Click Report a problem in the bottom right corner, and click Send general feedback on Google Maps.
  2. Follow the prompts to provide a brief description and a screenshot to help us better understand your feedback.
  3. Click Submit when finished.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? lutermanji 2/20/14 1:04 PM
Seriously? You read dozens of replies telling you about how everyone wants this feature back. Your reply is to say an option that doesnt work? Why dont you just bring the feature back? There's literally no reason you guys got rid of it. Is Google trying to alienate it's users?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Michael Martinez disappointed 2/20/14 1:31 PM
WTF!?  Why in the world would Google get rid of such a useful and widely used tool as search nearby and replace it with something so sub-par?  And the "best answer" chosen as the best answer by Daniel from Google is almost funny.  I wonder what the TRUE answer actually is (hint: I'm thinking it has something to do with ads).  "Simply" search for pizza in New York?  I don't think so.

http://www.creativebloq.com/inspiration/top-seven-alternatives-google-maps-api-7122779 - An interesting article titled

7 great alternatives to the Google Maps API

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? 7thwagner 2/20/14 1:48 PM
Daniel, I am glad that you are still monitoring this thread however I do understand the frustration that is leading to the negative comments.  I think offering workarounds at this point is just making everyone angry.  Can you answer a simple question to everyone; why can't you or won't you bring back this feature? If you can't give us what we want at least give us closure.  

For everyone else you can revert back to the old map for now (as I have done) and still enjoy the search nearby feature.  Maybe that work around will get some action behind it. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Michael Martinez disappointed 2/20/14 2:04 PM
Very true 7thwagner.  My head almost exploded before I just switched back permanently to the previous version making sure to let Google know exactly why I chose to do so and that I will NEVER use the new Google Maps until Search Nearby is restored.

1. Go to Google Maps
2. Click the Help icon (question mark in lower right hand corner)
3. Return to previous version
4. When prompt (very small, look for it) appears to remember for the future use, click 'yes'
5. Be sure to let them know by completing the survey why you did so.
6. Thank God you narrowly avoided an aneurism using the new and less intuitive Google Maps
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? MMKT 2/20/14 2:08 PM
"And the "best answer" chosen as the best answer by Daniel from Google is almost funny."

For months, Daniel has consistently shown an incredible lack of comprehension about what the comments are about, despite numerous (meaning literally hundreds) of posts describing exactly and with clear examples what the problems are.  So it's no surprise that his pick for the "best answer" is a miserably poor one.

The true best answer, which several posters have mentioned but it's worth repeating here:  for the moment, google still lets you switch interfaces to the old google maps.  That's what I've been doing for months.  And in the long run, or maybe even the short run, switch to mapquest or another mapping site that does have search nearby.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? pjrufus 2/20/14 4:36 PM
I've reverted to the classic version, however, the 'search nearby' has been removed from that version as well. I used it for work, type in the address on the map, hit 'search nearby', type fire station, and a list of all fire stations in the window area would be there, WITH THE MILEAGE DISTANCE. I would immediately know the name of the nearest station, as well as it being 1.7 miles. Now it's many extra steps and minutes to find that info.

Also, in the new version, the distance legend is smaller and obscure. It's difficult to gauge the distance between, for example, a building and a body of water.

On to Mapquest for me. I use Bing to look at the area surrounding a location, only used Google for the above two reasons. Bye, Google.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? melinda emery 2/20/14 9:50 PM
Unbelievable this is gone. It was the BEST FEATURE -- I really am moving on to another map program it's such terrible decision making . . .that and the fact they still haven't figured out how to not give directions that are computer lines, not what real people take in local areas.  I thought they bought Waves??  Really going downhill. 

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? bill conroy 2/21/14 7:47 AM
Totally agree.  Not sure what was broken with old "Search Nearby.  Suggest nothing was.  Please bring it back. What I liked is that it was very intuitive before.  Click Search Nearby, click type of search...and results given to proximity of address were displayed...easy, intuitive.  Not broken.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? LaffyTDW 2/21/14 10:47 AM
Amen.  That was my favorite feature too.

I also liked how it said how far that business was away.....I don't see that either.

This new format sucks.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Scott Robbins 2/21/14 12:05 PM
You have GOT to be kidding me.  The Search Nearby function WAS Google Maps!  When booking hotels the way it has been done for a decade is to find the place you are going, click "search nearby" on Google Maps, find hotels to book.  I have spent the last 30 minutes with all 3 browsers not understanding why I couldn't get this to work - now I know.  

Here's your workaround:  MapQuest.

THOROUGHLY DISGUSTED.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Julia Oliver123 2/21/14 12:12 PM
Hi Daniel,

That was a great feature 'search nearby' that should be reintegrated. It was user friendly, now it is not - there are extra steps required. And after searching near the address/location I am at they only give 2 results and when I expand the list I can't even see where my original location is anymore! Doesn't google test the market before it removes features like that?! 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Kaitlyn Shipley 2/21/14 12:18 PM
I use "search nearby" for hotels.  I add the address of where I need to be then select "search nearby" and add Hotel and the closest hotels would pop-up.  Or I could add Marriott and the closest Marriott's would pop up.  I'm not sure if I am doing that the right way now.  With the new maps, I click on directions. The address I am at is in one field and then I put Hotels in the other. Doesn't give the distance. I really need this option right now and wish I could switch back just for that feature.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Brent12 2/21/14 12:50 PM
I agree - please bring the search nearby feature back! For now I will be using the old version of google maps just for that feature - I love the look of the new maps, but I need search nearby!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? LaffyTDW 2/21/14 12:55 PM
How do you use the old version?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Bill Cable 2/21/14 1:00 PM
OK everyone - this thread has been going on for months.  Google isn't dense.  They understand our complaints.  They know the "new way" to search nearby is garbage.  They made this change on purpose - for reasons they're not going to share, apparently.  And while they're responding politely here, they're actively deflecting our request.

I can only conclude Search Nearby will never be back.  It's time to accept this and move on.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Steve Wozniak 2/21/14 1:15 PM
I'm very sad but logic says that you are correct. It's hard to think of good reasons that Google has for this and easy to think of EVIL ones.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? travisstewart42 2/21/14 1:52 PM
Sadly it seems to be true. Part of me just likes sending messages to vent a little bit. I am using OSM for my latest Android project though not due to this, simply due to some missing features in the Android API. But I think I will stick with OSM for now on as that community responds to user needs.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? injuneer25 2/21/14 2:07 PM
I'm just curious if Daniel, or anyone else at Google can tell us how this new search function is an improvement on 'Search Nearby'.  He tells us how we can use it to get sort of the same results, but not how that way is better than clicking the balloon and choosing 'Search Nearby'.  Can you explain to us how this is an improvement, and not just a change for changes sake?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? MK2600 2/21/14 4:10 PM
Guys,

The feature still works great on Mapquest and the UI is much snappier. It's too bad that it has come to this since I am a lover of Google Maps and all it has to offer, but I definitely got there today after trying to work with the clunky new setup.

Google, I'm really confused as to how the new maps has value.. It seems like the same thing, only slower and with less functionality. I hope there's some kind of good behind the scenes reason for the update... Some grand strategic scheme, perhaps? We could really use some education on that point.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jesse Davidson 2/21/14 5:38 PM
One of the best features of Google Maps is the "search nearby" function, tied to an address or company you have just searched for; the work around is just nonsensical.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Danielle Best 2/21/14 6:06 PM
I agree I miss the functionality of search nearby.

For instance, I'm trying to find somewhere that sells lei's (you know the flower necklaces that are popular in Hawaii) for a friend's birthday near a particular bar.

I first searched for the bar: Real Gastropub.  Found it in Honolulu, so far so good.
Next I tried "flowers near Real Gastropub".  Typing out "near Real Gastropub" takes a lot longer than clicking "search nearby" and just typing "flowers" or "lei's"

Unfortunately my query "flowers near Real Gastropub" (while viewing the location of the bar in Honolulu on maps) focused on another bar:

The Hand & Flowers

126 West St
Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 2BP
United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom?!  How is this helpful?  This is nowhere near the bar I was looking at.

Now I'm looking at a map location in the UK and when I change my query to "florist near Real Gastropub" I receive this error:

We could not find florist near Real gastropub
Make sure your search is spelled correctly.
Try adding a city, state, or zip code.

Anyone who lives near Honolulu knows you can buy fresh lei in Chinatown, at a florist shop, or in Longs Drugs (similar to CVS).  Any of these locations would be what I want, and I just wanted which one was closest to the birthday party.

At this point the "blank near blank" method of searching is both cumbersome, non-intuitive, and also inaccurate.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? MoJoSB 2/21/14 8:13 PM
Search nearby was one of the best features they have and if I think about it, the one I used the most.

Otherwise it's like google earth... How is that useful?

I really don't know how they can not know what their users want or use everyday. The layout of the new maps is terrible. Maybe it works for tablet users but I hate it.

I really don't like it at all and I'm not in the mood to re-learn how to do everything all over again... I might just end up finding a better map system if they make it permanent.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Christopher Fleck 2/21/14 8:48 PM
Hi Daniel,

I loved the Search Nearby ... It was so easy for me to find businesses near a location (say a restaurant), simply by clicking on a business in the area I am looking for (say I am going to a concert at a venue, I click on the venue), then click 'Search Nearby' and enter what I am looking for.  That is so much easier than typing in the business name or intersection, trouble shooting to make sure what I am wanting is what is showing up in the search field, then enter the words 'near to' then what I am looking for.  So many more steps, and so much more possibility for misunderstanding between the location I am wanting to define and what the computer understands .... much more thinking and time!

Christopher
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Erik Benson 2/22/14 7:21 AM
Daniel,

Theoretically, someone is using a map because they're not completely familiar with an area.  When in the unfamiliar area, it was INCREDIBLY
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Valeria Sidorovich 2/22/14 10:36 AM
Please add Search Nearby functionality to new Google maps.

Like others stated, maps are worthless without it.Will not be using until it's back.

It seems that hundreds of post here - that means thousands of people did not take the time to post anytime and just left. Google you are loosing users to other search engines. It can't be THAT difficult to add it back??
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Steve Wozniak 2/22/14 11:23 AM
I totally switched to MapQuest which has 'Search Nearby'
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Tonya Zbell 2/22/14 2:41 PM
Daniel,

I am a trip planner for a traveling hockey team and used the Search Nearby feature by locating my rink or hotel address then searching nearby for food choices.  Please bring back the feature.  I used it extensively on a weekly basis and must now use a different program.


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Dr.Matt 2/22/14 8:11 PM
For me, typing in a longer search feels like a step back. I'd just like to click on a spot, then be able to search near there.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Melody Dunn 2/23/14 12:24 PM
Wow, this is a major downgrade in functionality. Really, really bad.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Michael Napoliello 2/23/14 7:06 PM
No Gary.  It's less intuitive and useful.  In the old system you clicked the pin and search nearby box opened up.  Like magic!  It was the greatest feature of all time and I used everyday for work, personal use, and fun.

Please please please bring it back!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jonathan Bruce 2/23/14 9:04 PM
Ugh I had to revert to the old Google Maps since they took that feature away with the new one.  Seriously, do they poll people when they do this?  Do they even use their own products?  That was the best feature of Google Maps, and now it's gone?  *boggle*  The new method totally sucks, talk about a downgrade.  Oh well, as long as they don't take away the old version of Google Maps I guess it doesn't matter.  Which is a shame because I'm sure the new Google Maps has nice features, I'll just never use it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Ray Morton 2/24/14 4:13 AM
I agree Search Nearby was the most useful function for someone like me who is always travelling.  Trying to find services near whatever hotel I am in.  Very unhappy at this being removed.

How do I switch back to previous version of google maps?

Ray
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Leticia Borges 2/24/14 6:06 AM
Not the same at all. I am very surprised Google got rid of this feature. Not happy :(
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Colette W 2/24/14 12:26 PM
First time I've ever come to this forum, and yep I came just to add my voice to the complaints over removing this feature.  Such a lame, lame move, functionality should never be removed or made more difficult when it's something that's obviously widely-used
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Peter Dillon-Parkin 2/24/14 2:08 PM
Me too... Just tried to find the Whole Foods Market round the corner from B&N on Warren St, NY. New version with the search can't find "Whole Foods Market near Barnes & Noble, Warren St, NY". Old version finds it straight away. Why fix things that aren't broken? 
I suspect that (like me) there are a lot of travelers on here who use GM to orient themselves in unfamiliar surroundings. We often know where a client or a hotel is, but want to know what's around it. Search Nearby did that faultlessly...

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? komaloney 2/24/14 2:29 PM
Google Maps Team - if your goal was to make it extremely difficult to use the new interface -  you've succeeded.  What were you thinking - Google Maps was my "goto" mapping software for everything including expense reports because i could easily retrace my travels (for mileage).  Now i can't even find a list breakfast places near my final destination.  Will have to look at other mapping options.  Sorry
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? bobswenk 2/24/14 7:03 PM
Another problem w/new maps is the search box thing at top left hides too much of the map.  I much preferred the old popup after right clicking on the location pin and search nearby for.  The popup goes away with the search and the resultant nice clear search result pins around my original pin. Plus you could zoom in/out and the pins all remain... not so in new.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? theslaw 2/24/14 10:22 PM
I have to get to this forum to get an answer.    that should be reason enough to put "search nearby" back in.

I have to know ahead of time how to do it.

In other words... It's so not obvious... 

More and more Google makes me want to use someone else's program.

Is this what you really want?  to push us away.

Previously, it was the 9 x 9 box in the upper right corner that makes me do extra work to find something that used to be in a menu at the top.

Keep it up and we'll move to Yahoo or Bing or something else.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? old west 2/25/14 12:12 AM
I was frustrated.  I am making a visit to Guitar Center in Reno tomorrow after dropping family off at the airport.  I found the Guitar Center and reflexively looked for the search nearby function to see where the nearest appliance stores were.  Oops.  For the gazillionth time I was reminded that it isnt there.  I was living in a familiar place until recently so workarounds were easy, but now I am in a new locale.  

When I searched for "appliance stores near guitar center reno nv", it gave me.....  Guitar Center!  I thought I was just too dumb to know how, and discovered this forum.  I am not dumb!  That supremely useful function is just gone.

I then downloaded the mapquest app and in spite of the fact that I had never used it before, I soon had what I was looking for. The look of the app is ugly compared to goole maps so I will use google maps still for directions and navigation.  But when looking for a new business I will now use Mapquest.

And to those who say to go back to old google maps, I dont think there is that option for a smartphone app, which is when I nearly always would use a search nearby function.

Just put it back and I will go back to being 100% google maps.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Steve Wozniak 2/25/14 12:29 AM
I'm with you 100%. I go through this same scenario all the time, being in about 70 cities a year away from home. But for now I may use Mapquest for everything. I tend to ditch services that give me pain. I am so insulted that I won't even go back to the former Google Maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? J. Eric Collich 2/25/14 7:25 AM
Please bring back!!!!

I use to be able to right click and then search around the given location.  My results would then tell me the time and distance they were from the selected location (norm green arrow).  This was my favorite feature on google maps - Please Bring Back!!!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? J. Eric Collich 2/25/14 7:26 AM
Me too - used this all the time!!!!!

PLEASE BRING BACK!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? bobswenk 2/25/14 7:46 AM
I see an option to go back to the "classic" google maps... I just did that and it is good for me. Look under the help question mark bottom right.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Luciana D 2/25/14 8:27 AM
Loved the old search nearby feature.  My kids play a lot of sports that we travel for.  The way I find hotels and restaurants for this is to find the event venue and then search nearby for the things I need.  It is so useful.  Please bring it back!

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Brent Leatherman 2/25/14 9:20 AM
For anyone that's missed it, you can click on the "?" button in the lower right corner of the maps page and restore the "Maps Classic View" - worked like a champ.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Guillermo Ramon 2/25/14 10:45 AM
It really doesn't work like it should. I write Cafe and I get directions to a nearby cafe.  I write restaurant and get the same. I want to see what is around, for specific things around. I get just a specific one and a question. Is this what you were looking for? The problem is that most of the time we are not looking for a specific store or restaurant, but for things to do nearby.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? old west 2/25/14 10:52 AM
Dont see that option to switch on my Droid app.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Adam Kelley 2/25/14 10:53 AM
please bring back this function - was very useful
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Benjamin Tyler 2/25/14 11:32 AM
I really miss that feature.  I am frustrated that it is gone.  The new work around just doesn't seem to compare.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Meghan Madden 2/25/14 1:24 PM
Please bring back search nearby! In the meantime, how do I get back to the old map? 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? snoggy6 2/25/14 1:48 PM
I really miss 'Search nearby".  Here is my use case: I have a business name I will be visiting, and I want to find nearby restaurants. In the old maps, I would enter the business name to search for it, then click on the marker that was placed on the map for that business, click "Search nearby", and type "restaurants".  With the new maps, I search for the business name, then I have to click in the text box and insert "restaurants near" before the business name, but it's not searching near the specific business unless I actually paste the business address in the search box also.  To do that, I first have to click on the search result for the business name to get the address visible, then select the address, copy it, click in the search box, delete what's in there, type "restaurants near" and paste the address.  So this is significantly more clicks and cumbersome compared to the old maps.
Also, a big problem is the way the search results are shown when I search for "restaurants near [business name]".  First of all, the list of results is shown with little information about those restaurants.  If I hover over a result, nothing happens to the map to indicate where that restaurant is.  If I click on a result in the list, then I can see where it is on the map, but I can no longer see the list of other results.  The old map would let you hover on a result in the list to see where it was on the map, and a lot more information was shown about the search results in the list (address, phone, etc.) .  
Second of all, the old map allowed you to see 10 search results instead of just 3, and you could page to more results.  With the new maps, I have to click "List all results", and the page I get to is less than ideal.  The map becomes very small compared to the old maps, and has limited functionality; i.e., my scroll wheel doesn't work to zoom in and out, there is no street view, and you can't click on any of the pins or labels and get info about them.
Thirdly, in the results, the old map would show the distance to each of the restaurants from the business I originally searched for.  The new maps shows no distances at all in the results list.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Miriam Green 2/25/14 2:28 PM
These are "workarounds" and definitely inferior to what you used to have, Google!  You are not doing businesses any favors here, please bring it back!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Michael Mindel 2/25/14 3:43 PM
I am just going back to classic maps for the Search Nearby function, which you can do by clicking on the "?" in the bottom right corner of new maps. 

Google, you are blowing it by not adding this simple functionality to your page. Why take something away that we liked so much? I think I will try Bing.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Joe Vig 2/25/14 4:00 PM
Horrible system upgrade with the loss of "search nearby".  I used this tool for a huge variety of searches...just not sure why a company would do away with such a valuable tool.  Are we reverting to MapQuest?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mpops2003 2/25/14 5:03 PM
I just want to add to this post and agree with others, please give us back the "search nearby" features of the old Google Maps. I use Google Maps a lot both personally and for work.  I hate the loss of functionality with the new maps, it just does not work like the old verson of "search nearby".   Please listen to your users and fix this for us!   Newer is not always better. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mira Edelman 2/25/14 6:06 PM
The issue is:
I run an initial search, say "Umami Burger" or a specific address.  Options would pop up on the left, I select the right one and a pin drops.
Great, I can still do this.

But I used to be able to then click on the pin and "Search Nearby" for something else, e.g. "hotel" and I'd get a bunch of other pins populate in proximity to my original pin, along with a list on the left.  I can then browse through my options to determine whether I want to go to one of the Nearby results next.  I don't see a way to run this subsearch of "Search Nearby"  Please add this functionality back!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Whitney Hepp 2/26/14 7:47 AM
Usually, I'm cool with going with the flow, but I am an avid user of Search Nearby. The suggestion given here isn't the same.
The What's here functionality really doesn't work for remote places that I often need to find nearby restaurants, gas stations etc.

Furthermore, it's easier to type in your location/destination and type in what you are looking for in that area, rather than compulsively typing "tacos near mountain view," "coffee near mountain view," "target near mountain view."

It almost seems like the functionality has been reversed. That the mapping function has taken a step backwards in ease for user.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jonathan Lewin 2/26/14 7:53 AM
Please bring back Search Nearby. It was a much easier and more useful function than the workarounds.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Katie Schlutow 2/26/14 8:04 AM
Holy crap Google, bring this feature back! It's making me SOOOOO frustrated!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Timon0x31 2/26/14 9:14 AM
Daniel,

You just don't seem to get it. 

Only some idiot inside Google thought it was a good idea to remove this feature. NONE of your users think it was a good idea to remove the feature. Now who is right here? YOUR USERS!!!!

It's funny how Google made comments about Apple's broken maps but at least they apologized. Now when Google breaks the maps they do it use talking points.

I think the message is clear. TURN THE DAMN FEATURE BACK ON NOW!!!!

Thank you


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Lukas Dietz 2/26/14 11:42 AM
I work in the furniture moving industry. It was invaluable to me to be able to pinpoint a residential address, business name, or name of a town...and do a "search nearby" to populate multiple results of services I need to find from that pinpoint. Ex: Penske Trucks, Tow Trucks, Repair Services, Packing material businesses, etc. That would allow me to adjust what location I would like to do business with based on what I saw around those locations and what direction they are in relation to where I need to go next.. With many results listed at once it was INFINITELY easier for me to do this. PLEAAAASE BRING IT BACK!!!!!!!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Katie Schlutow 2/26/14 12:14 PM
Oh thank goodness, finally on Page 8 of this I figured out how to go back to the original google maps. Click on circle with question mark in it at the very bottom of the map towards the right. There's an option to switch back. So much built up frustration has just been washed away. Phew.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? SD Los Angeles 2/26/14 2:16 PM
Big mistake eliminating 'Search Nearby'!!  Prime example:  I want to call up a business on a map and pull up the list of hotels closest to that business.  "Hotels near San Francisco" is not going to cut it!  Function needs to come back.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? SD Los Angeles 2/26/14 2:20 PM
I hear you Katie!  Since Google Maps arrived, I never went back to Yahoo - but guess who still has 'Find Nearby'?  I'm sure this post will be taken down after mentioning the competition, but hopefully you'll see it first.
 
After 20 years w Google maps, it's back to Yahoo!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? DFBrooks 2/26/14 9:44 PM
The feature should be brought back.  I don't get why so many of these tech companies feel a need to change something that works just for the sake of seeming constantly new. 

When you search 'tacos' near a business you've already found...the business disappears on the map.  That is not helpful.  Why does the business disappear?  Why was this changed and why is it better than it was before?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Vicki Shimizu 2/27/14 3:17 AM
I also found Search nearby to be very straightforward. I tried your suggestion of looking for nearby places in the new maps and it didn't work. I typed Michodiere. It suggested Théâtre de la Michodière, Rue de la Michodière, Paris, France, which was what I wanted. Since there's no Search nearly button, I prepended "restaurants near" in the search bar. However, that only gave info on the theater, the same as the original search. It does not show restaurants near the theatre. Given that this is one of the most used feature in maps, it's hard to understand how the product was released without this working. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Truman King 2/27/14 7:41 AM
Please bring search nearby back to Google maps, both on Chrome and on the mobile app. I travel for business frequently, and I used the feature to find hotels, restaurants, and other places near my client site before I actually got there.  the speed of finding the closest hotel for the best price is greatly reduced
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Suz PDX 2/27/14 10:45 AM
It can't be that the tech's are this naïve. I think Google might be  collecting all of our responses to show potential advertisers why they want  to come up on a "sponsored" search nearby feature in the future. That's the
only explanation I can come up with....we are all in a marketing study. I  don't appreciate it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? gabiallade 2/27/14 2:33 PM
For some reason, I did not get the new Google Maps until today. Yesterday, I had the old one and I MISS it already.
 
Your solution, Daniel, does not work. I tried it even before looking for answers to how to search nearby, and it did not show me what I was looking for.
 
I was looking for a library near an address. I tried that, but it took me to a convention center. I tried near the hotel where I will be staying, "Library near hotel name, city, state." I was brought to a library in another city. There is a university in this city. I am quite sure it is not a library-free city. It is the seat of the parish. It has a library, probably several. I want the nearest library. I can't seem to find it in the new google maps.
 
I travel a bit and like to search for restaurants "nearby" my hotel. This isn't going to work for me. I'm hating this new maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Tamara Lee Taylor 2/27/14 2:46 PM
I used this feature a lot and am so disappointed it's gone. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Dori Schatell 2/27/14 2:52 PM
That's exactly what happened to me--one day last week, the new and NOT improved Google maps showed up on my computer.  I've switched back to the previous version.  But, I don't think these forums are enough to get Google to make a change.  Does anyone have a Twitter account?  (I don't).  A social media campaign -- including petitions -- might EMBARRASS GOOGLE enough to bring back this feature that is so highly valued by so many.  Anyone have some extra time?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Michael Mindel 2/27/14 2:57 PM
Everyone knows there is a way to switch back to the old maps with the Search Nearby function ("Classic" Google Maps) right? In the bottom right corner, click on the "?" and there is a link to do just that. Pain in the a$$ but so great to have Search Nearby back!

Google, whoever is running your Maps team should be fired. The only reason to remove this feature is because it somehow makes you more $$. I cant imagine how, but that can be the only explanation. Removing the Search Nearby function and being so tone deaf in your response is EVIL. 

Bring Back Search Nearby!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Susan Webb 2/27/14 5:48 PM
Yes, I am with everyone on this post.  I want the search near-by feature back.  Does not work the same to just type in tacos near mountain view. 

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jesse Davidson 2/28/14 7:20 AM
Sorry, but that is just lame  beyond belief. Who knows the address of a place? The beauty of the "classic" Google Maps search nearby was you didn't need to do much. If a friend tells me we are going to Stingaree nightclub in San Diego, get a hotel for us, all I have to do with classic is seach "Stingaree San Diego" and when the map pops up I search nearby, I see my choices and I am done. There is no logic to the multiple steps I have do with the "new and improved" Google Maps, in fact it is much, much harder.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CeriseG 2/28/14 7:42 AM
I find an address on the map.

All I then want to do is scroll around, north south east or west, to see what else is around, without any knowledge of the area.

Where has the direction arrow gone?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Stacie Rose 2/28/14 10:57 AM
I am so disappointed with the new google maps. I used the 'search nearby' option every day for work.  I am lost without it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? jennyannsq 2/28/14 10:58 AM
I agree. That was my most used and favorite feature.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? TOuser 2/28/14 11:14 AM
I agree!! I find the new Google Maps very frustrating to use, as I used "Search Nearby" very frequently. I find it hard to believe that Google cannot bring it back, as it seems a very common complaint.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Lynn Whipple 2/28/14 2:22 PM
This does not work. I was looking for restaurant options near a comedy club we are going to, and if I type in "restaurant", it only shows one option and gives directions immediately to that option. I know there are several more restaurants on that street alone, so Ii would like to be able to see my options.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ljmiiig 2/28/14 4:07 PM
Does anyone know of a workaround to make Google maps usable on a iPhone?  I've tried both the app and using Google maps through a browser but I don't see a way to 'use old google maps'.  I'm currently on Kauai, HI - and according to the Google App the nearest 'bubble tea' shop is in NYC!  The nearest 'red dirt shirt' store was on Oahu!  This is unbelievably lame.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Dr.Nancy 3/1/14 1:01 PM
Add me to the group of dissatisfied users!  I have loved Google ever since it came out, but the "new" Maps is a pain, especially the loss of "search nearby" which I used to make hotel reservations at conferences, find restaurants, etc all the time!  What were you thinking, Google!?!  Please bring it back; in the meantime, I'm using the old (& better!) Google Maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Alya Woods 3/1/14 1:40 PM
With search nearby, you could compare exact distances. That is no longer possible. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? SaraSai 3/2/14 6:27 AM
I totally agree. The work-arounds are just that... work arounds. It requires more keystrokes and more back and forth... as well as knowledge of the address of your primary location. When you upgrade a product or application, you're supposed to offer a smoother user interface, not confuse and frustrate dedicated users. I've been a big advocate of Google for a long time, and I have to say this is definitely a big misstep.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? lee barlow 3/3/14 1:23 PM
I can't believe that the simple answer to this thread, is to bring back the "search"  option, they took it away just bring it back, I used to use Google maps a lot but not now it's a pain to use
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? xxceegeexx 3/3/14 2:53 PM
Hey Daniel,

I'm not sure your team fully understands the importance of this feature and why everyone is complaining.
It's not about knowing you want tacos near somewhere, it's also about realizing what other things are around yourself/marker.

For example:
I was recently in Cambridge MA staying at a hotel that I knew nothing about (I didn't know where I was). I was there on business and I was sick.
After looking at maps and trying to understand my surroundings based on the marker, it would have been nice to just have a "search nearby" field to give me various contexts around that marker and not have to keep retyping "______near hotel x".

I hope this real life use case is helpful.
Give us back this field.


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Giri Berenstein 3/3/14 3:36 PM
Hi Daniel,
I second the feedback - just had my first quick experience with the new maps.

Here's my typical scenario and what happened when I used it now:
1. I look for a place I'll be at (google search: "Ideaca Calgary"). 
Before: one of the first results on the google web search page was the little map, that I could click and go straight to the map with the pin. 
Now: no such result. I lift an eyebrow, pull a shoulder and click "maps". that brings me to the search result on the map. in theory - same amount of clicks for the same result. in fact - less intuitive, for me.
2. I want to find a restaurant in the area. 
Before: I click the pin and choose "search nearby". type "rest" and choose the auto complete. voila! all the restaurants shown, with their details on the left, and my location pinned in another color. Very comfortable.
Now: I go to the search box and start typing "rest" before the "Ideaca Calgary". auto complete suggests: "restaurants near Calgary, AB". no, that's not what I want. I want to search near the Ideaca office! Calgary is a huge city. So I have to type the entire sentence ("Restaurants near Ideaca Calgary"). the result: I get the one pin on the Ideaca office again. Not sure why the search didn't work. then I google "search nearby in new google maps", get here, realize I did the right thing, and decide to respond.

So I'd say as a user I have two separate complaints about this:
one, that in my opinion the new interface for search nearby is not as comfortable as the previous one. the ability to search next to a location you already found is useful and I'd like to see it returned.
two, that I have one specific scenario I wanted to use, and it's not working at all. googling "Restaurants near Ideaca Calgary" from the web search and then entering maps rendered the same problem. I just get the office. so realistically, for me this is now a regression bug - here's something that worked before and doesn't work now.

hope this feedback help light the user perspective of this issue,
Giri.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Alison Morgan 3/3/14 8:47 PM
me too!!

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AJSimms 3/4/14 6:06 AM
I'm never joined in to complain about a software change before, but I was stunned to see the deletion of the search nearby feature.  I have always considered it one of the most useful features of the website.  Specifically, I used the feature to  search next to a location I had already found.  I am incredibly disappointed in this change and am left with little choice but to explore alternatives that may offer something similar to this feature you have removed.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AJSimms 3/4/14 6:17 AM
Just wanted to add, for anyone who is looking, Yahoo maps has this feature and it is implemented very well.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Pastelpainter 3/4/14 7:35 AM
Hi Daniel. Example of the problem: I searched for a theatre called Lynn Arts in Lynn, Mass. "Maps" found it easily, located on Exchange St. in Lynn. Then I wanted to search nearby for parking options. When I searched for "parking near Lynn Arts," the next map to appear showed Town Hall, High Rock Tower Park, and Kiley Playground as the most prominent features. No parking options at all. Please see if you can restore the functionality of the old "search nearby" -- it wasn't broken. Thanks.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? subasic 3/4/14 7:54 AM
If you want a way to communicate more directly with the engineers, perhaps follow this advice from Daniel from another thread:

...Another thing you can do is submit feedback via the "report a problem" link in the bottom right corner of the map. Our engineers look at the reports that come in through that link to help inform their product decisions.

It may be that that going direct to the engineers would be more effective.  I encourage everyone with fresh feedback to use that method.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ntsntech 3/4/14 8:02 AM
I just want to be able to right click on the map and "search nearby" like before. How do I accomplish searching near a point on the map?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? tinaintexas 3/4/14 9:53 AM
I also really relied on the "Search Nearby" feature for many situations both business and personal. Please add it back!!! The alternatives mentioned in the Google Community Manager reply did not work at all. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jim Wallace 2 3/4/14 11:48 AM
I miss "search nearby" as well.  I looked through all the posts but do not see any comparable function.

Please bring back "search nearby"!!!!!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Steve Cobb 3/4/14 3:16 PM
OK, as of recently, we seem to be getting close - but the current solution is quite inelegant.

Recently, they brought back the right click (or command click) to maps.  
You now get a pop-up that includes "What's here?".  
Clicking on that gets you a drop down "card" below the search bar. It includes a street view shot, town name and geo-coordinates.
Clik on the geo-coordinates and a new card pops up that says "Explore this area.  Try searching...".  There are then a few suggestions "restaurants, cafes, bars".
If you click on one of those, you get results that look like "Search nearby" used to yield (albeit much simpler).

The bonus is that you now see a hint for the magic incantation:    "cafes loc: 42.620142, -71.273875"

Change "cafes" to "gas" or whatever you want.  

Unfortunately, you loose the pin of where you selected.

Maybe next we can add "Search Nearby" directly to the pop-up to minimize obfuscation.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? MKMapman 3/5/14 3:10 AM
I too find the new solution much inferior to the old, and agree with the person who said that this is the sort of thing we expect from Microsoft, not Google!  

Another issue is the way that previously if you panned the map having used the Search Nearby function, it would populate the new area with additional businesses, etc. that met the search criterion.  This no longer seems to happen.  It was incredibly useful for trying to find places alongside a pre determined route where the crucial requirement is the distance from the route, rather than the radius from any single point on that route.  It's just not practical to have to keep entering new locations along the route when it could be done by dragging the map before.  

One interesting anomaly: Google has not automatically updated me to the new functionality on the old XP machines that I also use, but only on the WIndows 7 one!  Perhaps there's something to be said for being a Luddite...


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Hadley Sue 3/5/14 6:16 AM
Daniel,
This is absolutely a devastating change to Google Maps!  I use "search nearby" every single day.  I am a meeting planner and am frequently asked to place meetings in a city that I am unfamiliar with.  I use this function to see where hotels are in relation to each other in a city, how far from the airport they are, what part of town they are in, what nightlife is nearby....  Doing my job with out access to "search nearby" will be infinitely harder.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE put it back!

on another note....I'm confused by the dates on these posts.  It looks like most of them are from July 2013 but I have had access to the old version until yesterday.  I had my internet & cable changed to a new provider and voila; new Googlemaps and new Internet Explorer.  Perhaps the map issue has already fixed and there is some setting I can change somewhere to get it back.  Time to do some playing around!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? biggles66 3/5/14 8:49 AM
The 'search nearby' function was the principal reason for me to use Google maps - easy and convenient. The suggested replacements are cumbersome and inconvenient. I now no longer have a need to use Google maps as a go-to tool.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Redondo Beach 3/5/14 8:51 AM
I totally agree that this is one of the worst changes I've seen!  I don't know why Google needs to keep asking for examples of what we need.  What was there before was perfect!  Simply restore the function you got us all addicted to!  
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jolynn Martin 3/5/14 10:32 AM
Sorry Google Maps.  You lost me as a user when you removed the search nearby feature.  That was one of the best features of your maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Klaudia Cetnarska 3/5/14 10:47 AM
Please bring back "Search Nearby"!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? poovy98 3/5/14 2:26 PM
Please bring back the old "search nearby" function as it was in the classic Google maps.  The new way of finding things nearby a location is extremely difficult and not at all intuitive.  The old way way so simple and worked great.
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Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? mtaylo 3/5/14 5:50 PM
I just tried MapQuest and it worked perfect.  The search isn't as good but I want the search nearby option.  Good bye for now Google maps, I'm going back to my map honey from the 90's!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ml242 3/6/14 6:20 AM
I miss the marker, it's tough to gauge how nearby the results are when you just search in the window.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? David Rabazzi 3/6/14 9:44 AM
The "search nearby" function also worked really well to find a company in any one industry. For example searching nearby  a pin in the area of Missoula Montana for "Aerospace." returned around a dozen pins/hits. The new "search aerospace near Missoula, Mt" option only returns two or three companies in the Missoula area.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? G Noguchi 3/6/14 12:06 PM
What I do is sit here searching via streetview, look around a bit, get frustrated, curse the techno geek that created this while never leaving his cubicle and then sign on to Yahoo.

Works every time.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Sad Former User 3/6/14 7:13 PM
I agree.  I am having this frustration just now, after Google has forced us to use the new version.  It is clear from this thread this issue has been going on for over 8 months and yet Google will simply not bring back the old feature.  Until they do, I'm finding another platform.

As an aside, the new Google Maps keeps sending people to the Disneyland Theme Park parking lot instead of the Disneyland Hotel.  I encountered this recently and the parking attendant said, "I don't know why Google always sends people here!"  Therefore, this must be yet another glitch that has been ongoing for some time.

I guess it's Yahoo Maps or Mapquest for me.  Does anyone else know of a platform that works the way Google Maps *used* to??
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Sandy Locke 3/6/14 8:06 PM
Not happy with the change/omission in the feature of searching nearby 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? BooshElf 3/7/14 5:26 AM
Go to maps.yahoo.com.  Type in any address, for example "4000 Monument Rd Philadelphia, PA, 19131".  Now say that you want to find out where the nearest movie theater is.  you can click on the pin, click "find nearby", type in what you are looking for and voila!  A map with your original pin and the nearby movie theaters.  Alternatively do the same thing in the old google maps! 
 
It is stunning that this thread has been open for so long since beta and you rolled out the final product without this feature.  Google maps was such a great thing and now it is ruined.  Yahoo maps is not as good as google maps was.  But without being able to search nearby an address you have made your maps nearly worthless. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Chuck Fisher 3/7/14 5:27 AM
Your suggestions aren't acceptable. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Kimpa Moss 3/7/14 7:24 AM
95% of the time I used Google Maps was for the Search Nearby feature.  The new google maps is almost irrelevant without it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Sad Former User 3/7/14 8:04 AM
Thanks for the tip!  Yahoo Maps does indeed seem best.  Mapquest doesn't work as well.  I guess I'll be using that page (and hopefully they have an android app) instead of Google Maps.  Google's motto is "Do no evil", so I hope they fix the "evil" new Maps soon!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Danny Marogy 3/7/14 8:29 AM
Try Yahoo Maps
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jobeda Ali 3/7/14 2:52 PM
This conversation happened last July and it still hasn't been fixed? This was what I use google maps for the most, except to navigate to places. It's the best thing about google maps. Any other map service can tell me where things are. Google maps was brilliant at telling me what pubs and restaurants were near my Meetup events. When I scheduled an event, I could check what the few nearest pubs were and choose one based on certain factors, including proximity - that is exactly why it is critical that the original source location pin stays where it is! So I can get a visual image of the pubs and restaurants surrounding that venue. Why can Daniel not understand that? It seems like a very basic (and popular) function that a lot of people used, how can a Google Maps employee not even know what we are talking about? You gave us this function and we used it, it was useful, why are you confused about this? I need this function back, please!!!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ellyenne 3/7/14 8:01 PM
Here for the same reason.  I don't want Pizza.  I want something else.  But, there is no way to search for it.  When I go to the top search field, it moves the map and removes the marker.  That's not useful.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? ellyenne 3/7/14 8:03 PM
that doesn't help me if I'm in Mt. View, looking for lunch in Sunnyvale. 
On Tuesday, July 23, 2013 4:46:00 PM UTC-7, Daniel D (Maps) wrote:
@Peter K. - You should be able to search for something like "Starbucks" and then move the map to the area you are searching.  You are correct that "Starbucks near my location" is currently broken, so please try "Starbucks near me" in the meantime.  Unfortunately we don't directly support searches for places along a directions route.  It's a priority we're looking into.


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jennifer Slinkard 3/8/14 5:32 AM
Hi all - I just want to add my voice to the conversation because I, too, am having a heck of time finding a coffee shop this morning. There's a screen shot attached. I searched for directions from my starting point to "coffee shop" and got one that was 4 miles away. When I clicked on "did you mean a different coffee shop," I got this list of others, but with no clue where on the map they are. It turns out that one of them is one breezy block away from my starting location (the FOURTH one on that list). I miss the little markers on the map - they also allowed me to make more detailed plans, if I were running errands or whatnot.

Thanks for listening.
Jenny

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? mhoworko 3/8/14 2:55 PM
wtf do you people keep changing crap? ! I'm sick and tired of always having to learn this s**t
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? mhoworko 3/8/14 2:58 PM
why tf do you people keep changing s***t? do you seriously BELIEVE we want to always be in the GD learning curve? !
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? K Mack 3/8/14 5:26 PM
Search nearby also showed you how far away your results are. Even when I enter "frozen yogurt near [my address]," the results show up on a map, but it doesn't give the distance between my address and each result. Even the list view doesn't show you have many miles away each result is. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? gabiallade 3/8/14 5:52 PM
There has been a lot of response to this topic. First, I wanted anyone finding this post because, like me, they were trying to figure out if there was any way to still have this function once Google Maps "updated," YES, there is. You can go back to the old Google Maps. It might be a bit of a hassle if you can't save that option on your computer, but it is worth it in  my opinion because the new Google Maps is not at good, even excluding the lack of "search nearby." There's a question mark at the bottom of new maps. Click on it and you'll see the option to go back to the old one.
 
In case anyone from Google is reading these, I wanted to list my reasons for using Google Maps.
 
In my job, we travel to various cities throughout the year to meet with students. We find a location that suits our purposes, then I search nearby for hotels in the area. With the list of hotels, I can see which ones are viable and call several to see what kind of a deal we can get. The new option would require that I know which hotel I want to  book first. That defeats the purpose. If I know which hotel where I'm staying, I don't need search nearby. I can use "get directions."
 
Once the hotel is chosen, I can search for restaurants in the vicinity. We often get back to our hotel late and we want to have an idea of where we will be dining. During the day, our meetings are back to back, so we often only have about 45 minutes are less to grab lunch. We use search nearby our meeting location to find the choices for fast food. Sometimes on or another of us gets ill. We need to find a pharmacy that is nearby. Sometimes, if we have an early night, we might want to find a cinema. It's convenient to first find the movies and times that suit us, and then check to see if any of those are playing at cinemas in the "nearby" area. The old search nearby was a boon to anyone traveling to an unfamiliar city. Even in my home city, I would sometimes search nearby to get ideas for shopping for Christmas, lunch, dinner, tire places, oil change places, etc. I often have errands to run on the way home and my time is precious, so I would use search nearby to find the sort of shop or place I needed to pop into that was near another shop or place that I needed to pop into. It would allow me to plan my route home in the most efficient way so that I would be back in time to collect my child from after care.
 
I've used it to find field trip sites in cities I don't know. I  look for parks and museums and historic sites. The ways I used search nearby were numerous, but the new google maps doesn't allow for that sort of flexibility. I can't believe that in this age, any option less flexible would be considered an update.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Steve Wozniak 3/8/14 10:13 PM
You can go back to the old Google Maps. I choose not to because I have a sick taste in my mouth. More than this one Maps example, this change has tainted me away from Google solutions in the future.

I tried "Get Directions" for a while. I can't make this work in any good fashion like before. I try to Get Directions to "coffee" or "coffee shop" and I get worthless results that are not coffee, maybe someone named coffee. And I don't get a bunch of them anyway. The only time this worked for me was if I wanted a very specific place like Ruth's Chris Steak House and there was only one nearby. But it still took extra effort to see the distance. I can't believe that something that worked so well went away and the work arounds don't come close to doing it, even with much greater effort.

Thanks though for your good examples of the worth of Search Nearby.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Al Hamilton 3/8/14 11:41 PM
Me too
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jill Gibbs 3/9/14 6:38 AM
I use mine for the same reason- to search for hotels, restaurants, etc around where we already have to be in a city. Google maps is no longer an option. I tried mapquest, which I had not used in years- and they still have a search nearby option and worked quite well for our  trip I had to book last week.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? travisstewart42 3/9/14 11:20 AM
Sure, we can go back to the old Google Maps, but it is really not much of a solution and not one that will last. At some point in the nearish future that option is likely going to disappear.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? flbberty gibbish 3/9/14 11:28 AM
Daniel,  given all of the feedback already posted on this thread, anyone who has actually used "search nearby" knows it's value.  As a Google representative positioned as a lieson for Maps, I cannot for the life of me understand your confusion.  You should be fluent in Maps to the point that it's imminently clear why Google is getting so much negative feedback about your decision to abandon search nearby.  On an aside, Google "upgraded" calendar and abandoned text-to-calendar which, as a small business owner, allowed me and many others to instantly add appointments to our calendar from our phones.  It was the feature that made Google calendar infinitely better than any of the competition...then it was "no longer supported" despite lengthy negative feedback.  The point is...get to know your apps and the value of each of their functions so that when Google gets this level of input from the community you are in a better position to respond and meet the community's needs.  Put search nearby back PLEASE.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? dsgoen 3/9/14 8:42 PM
Search nearby was the function i used the most. You can make an interface so uncluttered that you can't figure out how to use it; that's NOT an example of good interface design!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? kc973 3/10/14 12:49 AM
I agree with all the users out their complaining about the "search nearby" function -  Google has totally messed up the new maps! It's actually a shock. I'm sure Daniel knows exactly what we are all talking about but it seems that nobody from google will admit that they "messed up" big time. The search nearby function truly made life easier. Ever since Google removed this feature it has been a nightmare (being so used to the old feature) searching for simply things like McDonald for instance

GOOGLE PLEASE RE-INSTATE THIS FEATURE
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Sal Angelone 3/10/14 10:25 AM
I'm not keen on the new version of Google Maps because of the omission of "Search Nearby". Easy fix is - go to bottom right corner of the new version of Google Maps and click on the ? (Question Mark) and select old google maps - voila.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? kc973 3/10/14 11:49 AM
@ Sal: thanks it works! Hope the old maps are here to stay


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Lauren Bbb 3/10/14 6:27 PM
Hi,
Your workarounds may work in some limited area, but I use the "Search Nearby" to find things along a travel route and miss the "Search Nearby" badly.
 
It was the best feature on Google maps
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Murtud Lubadus 3/11/14 6:07 AM
This really sucks the big one! I can't find Cushing Pool Services in Delray Beach. Please fix this!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Murtud Lubadus 3/11/14 6:09 AM
WTF do you have to mess with something that worked so well before??? Job security ?

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? the other Doug Gross 3/11/14 7:58 AM
Daniel, the old way of typing in a search and then clicking on the resulting dropped pin and doing a "Search Nearby" was awesome.  I can't tell even tell you the number of times I've used it.  It was a great feature and needs to come back.  The idea that we now have to type additional keywords is the opposite of an improvement.  It's not like all of us have the texting skills of a teenager on Redbull.  Typing less is always better, especially if you're on a mobile device with a virtual keyboard.

The ability to search from multiple pins simultaneously would be interesting, unless you're looking by distance from the pin.  Which pin would it use.  I think you all need to be careful about feature creep.  Nice to add new stuff, but you shouldn't negatively impact the user experience by removing in-use features.

Anyway, please bring it back Google.  Please don't force me to start using Bing.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Alicia Sikes 3/11/14 8:32 AM
doesn't work "restaurants near Courtyard Marriott" at my location returned nothing.  Why did you take away the very easy to use "find nearby" link?  How can I go back to the version of Google Maps that actually worked?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Chris Hulin 3/11/14 10:49 AM
I found this thread because I was hopeful there was a solution to my NEED to "search nearby".  Example, planning a quick overnight to Columbus and want a Marriott.  Old way- "search nearby" pin at airport and I immediately saw all Marriott branded hotels and where they were in location to the airport and my early morning meeting.  Then If I wanted to see what restaurants were nearby each Marriott I could easily move to that pin and do another "search nearby".  You new way stinks.  It is not user friendly- I should not have to do research on a city so that I can include it in a search, and I should not have to retype the area searched with some long string.  PLEASE fix this.

My next search is how to keep the new map from popping up each time I go to Google.  Looks like Mapquest may have a window of opportunity to win some of us back?  They have a "search nearby" function that works like the old Google.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Ellie Tennant 3/11/14 3:17 PM
I agree!  So frustrating!  the old function was so useful - WHY?

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? the other Doug Gross 3/11/14 3:30 PM
Found this...

  1. Click the Help button (white question mark in a blue circle) at the bottom.
  2. Click Return to classic Google Maps.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? the other Doug Gross 3/11/14 3:31 PM
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? the other Doug Gross 3/11/14 3:31 PM
No need to be mean... everyone has a boss.


Found this...

  1. Click the Help button (white question mark in a blue circle) at the bottom.
  2. Click Return to classic Google Maps.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? L Tash 3/12/14 7:06 AM
I CONSTANTLY used search nearby!! If I knew I would be someplace, I'd use it off an address (or multiple addresses at the same time), but sometimes driving or biking past something you only know a partial name, or are going off a landmark. Later when I want to find or tell someone about the place, I use search nearby to the thing I remembered. All I can tell you is that it dowsn't work the same. I feel lost! Almost want to find another map system and I use google maps instead of my car GPS. So sad.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? evorr 3/12/14 8:20 AM
Agree, this is a ridiculous.  Was one of the best features of google maps
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Joni Lawrence 3/12/14 8:25 AM
I used it all the time also. Why does it seem like Google is constantly making their products less user friendly/intuitive? Hope the classic Google Maps still works. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Rob Alfieri 3/12/14 8:40 AM
Not intuitive. Please bring back the click on location to search nearby.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Tim Korn 3/12/14 10:46 AM
Why does it not surprise me that google literally just axed one of the top 3 features of google maps.   ahhhh google....  You just refuse to learn how to release new products....
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jinxy13 3/12/14 4:52 PM
I agree. Bring back search nearby function. google maps is now no better than bing maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? mathistrue 3/12/14 5:46 PM
Recently I tried to "search nearby" using the strategy suggested by Daniel. It is cumbersome not only in the fact that there is more typing and maneuvering  involved, but also in the respect that it it is so non-intuitive that I had to search for a forum like this one to even know how to begin. 
When I used the new strategy I discovered that while it did show me several options for similar stores, once I chose one of the sites, all the other sites on the map disappeared. This absolutely defeated the purpose of using the search as I was going to move from one of these destinations to another in order to compare the pricing and availability of products at similar stores.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Nate Golden 3/12/14 7:00 PM
Google,

It seems obvious what we all miss about the "search nearby" function.   The customer is always right.  If we say it's better to be able to click "search nearby" than any other method, then it IS better.  Thank you for registering my sentiment and giving it the proper level of attention... whatever that may be :)

Nate
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Lonny Eachus 3/12/14 7:22 PM
I think what a lot of people are missing here is that with these changes, Google can (and apparently is) pushing certain businesses at you rather than the points of interest you are actually looking for. So maybe -- just maybe, I'm not accusing -- they think they can make more money this way, and therefore they really don't care what we think. Always keep in mind that with Google, you are not the customer, you are the product being sold to their real customers.

To be honest, that's the only reason I have thought of that would explain why they could know the "new" maps is almost universally despised, for 6 months or more, yet still not make any moves to change it back.

And while I'm at it: I am on high-speed broadband, yet THIS page took like 2 minutes to load. Another indication that it is not US they are mostly concerned about. Bad show, Google.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Nicole Laurence 3/13/14 10:28 AM
I hate to say "just make it work like it used to," but I can't help it. This is the feature I use most on Google maps. You do not get the same results with typing in Hotels near *address*. You also do not get the distance from the location in the results. I'm switiching back to old Google maps. You guys really need to add the Search Nearby feature exactly as it worked in the old version.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? garvster 3/13/14 9:59 PM
This is freaking ridiculous! how long do we have complain before we can get answers or even a single answer from google??? this Has been going on since last summer! how can one company as big as Google miss these postings and not reapond? this is the most hit posting! come on Google get some comments sense!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? BearInTheUSA 3/14/14 2:07 AM
Yes I too liked old NEARBY option, but I just used the suggestion for 'bar near Avignon' and the field auto filled for me. I then clicked the search icon and map suggested a few I wasn't interested in BUT the map showed heaps of small red dots. Zoomed into location I wanted and found what I was looking for. Not as easy as old system but showed results just fine. Just take some getting used to it :-)
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? drew Wallace 3/14/14 6:45 AM
Without search nearby, Google Maps has become way less useful. I'm in St. Thomas on vacation right now. I've come to depend on search nearby during vacations like this. Now, I'll either revert to classic or try and find another maps solution.

Is there any sort of focus group testing before removing big features?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? drew Wallace 3/14/14 6:47 AM
Using the near command just doesn't work very well. I'm trying it now for "coffee near sapphire condominiums" and google is asking me to pick among three resorts with Sapphire in the name. Then it doesn't show me anything related to coffee. It just shows the resort.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Angelica Rios 3/14/14 3:38 PM
I also am frustrated with the new google map search function.  Please bring back the other version.
 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Angelica Rios 3/14/14 3:43 PM
I agree, please bring back the old search tool.  I am having to use other maps to get the information.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Tanya Bagshaw 3/14/14 5:11 PM
I too used the search nearby all the time.  Why remove it if it was useful?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Cat Bol 3/14/14 5:32 PM
Here is a very specific issue I had with the new search near I never had with the old way.

I wanted to find libraries near Whole Foods in Glen Mills. I searched "Whole Foods in Glen Mills" and it found the location no problem. I clicked it and put the teardrop pin on Whole Foods. While zoomed into the pin I typed "search library near Whole Foods" It then gave me a drop down list of Whole Foods that were no where near my Glen Mills location. My bad; I researched just Wholefoods so I could get the teardrop pin back. Then I retyped "search library near Whole Foods Glen Mills" It dropped the pin from Whole Foods Glen Mills then gave me all sorts of nearby places for things that were not libraries, mostly other bars and restaurants. I went back to get the pin back on Whole Foods then typed "search library near <<then I put in the physical address>>". Eureka! It worked. The pin stayed on Whole Foods and found all libraries near by.

I would never have had so much problem with the old map nearby system. I guess the new system does work but it seems to be really picky about wording. The old system was fine, why change it?

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? djlewis9 3/14/14 6:41 PM
Absolutely -- this was one of the premiere features of Google Maps.  The archetypal use case is looking for restaurants near your destination. It was great to have google search ever wider as you paged through the results. Exact walking or driving distance is important as a criterion, as you plan and optimize your time.

I *hope* Google are working on this in the new maps app, and have just decided to release without it, as is the custom with web apps. I cannot believe they would remove such an important function. I hope.

I like a lot about the new maps app, but I am going back to the old one for a lot of my searches now -- mostly because of this missing functionality.

--David Lewis
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Randimal 3/15/14 6:18 AM
Danial, You (google) should be able to just bring back the old search nearby functionality. It really would be the simplest fix, rather than trying to retrain everyone to use it the new way. There was nothing wrong with the old search functionality. You fixed something that was not broken.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? the other Doug Gross 3/15/14 6:57 AM
Two things:

1) There is a way back to the old/classic Google Maps (not on mobile).  If you miss the "Search Nearby" feature where you can click on a dropped pin, then just click the question mark (help) in the bottom right hand corner.  Then select "Return to classic Google Maps, and finally click "Return to old Google Maps."

2) Before you select "Return to classic Google Maps," make sure and click on the option to "Send general feedback" and report your dissatisfaction with these changes..
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? raggedblossm 3/15/14 8:28 AM
Fabulous. Thanks.
I am surprised that this thread is so long and the complaints are unchanged from the original posts in July 2013!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? raggedblossm 3/15/14 8:31 AM
Thank you this is fabulous. I cannot believe that this thread is this long! Hope the issue is resolved someday in the new maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? raggedblossm 3/15/14 8:42 AM
Well that helps somewhat :) Thanks.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? raggedblossm 3/15/14 8:44 AM
Okay, thank you. That does help for some searches. I appreciate it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? trlkly 3/15/14 12:39 PM
How about just the fact that it doesn't work? I typed in gluten free near 1477 State Highway 248 Branson, MO 65616, both with and without quotes, and I get nothing.

The service is that you can search based on any location, not just in some town. This way I can find out exactly what's near some other place.

You knew that this was an oft-used feature. Why would you remove it? Why would you follow Microsoft's example and make search more complicated, like they did for file search where you now have to memorize a bunch of keywords?

I seriously want to see heads roll over this. I can't find this store I need to find for a birthday celebration for a family member. I took it for granted that I'd be able to do this because I've done it before.


Have all of Google's old programmers and PR people left, all the ones who knew how to work with people and give them what they want? Google has been a completely different company since you started Google+. I'm thinking of moving everything I do off of Google soon if you guys don't stop this "New and improved" attitude that means "remove things people use."
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Megen Metzger 3/16/14 11:45 AM
Why is this gone? I use it all the time. PEASE google, bring this feature back ASAP.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 3/16/14 4:30 PM
Cat Bol,

Your solution only seems to work on the desktop, not on Android. Otherwise, great find :)
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? JimmyTango 3/17/14 7:01 PM
I agree with all the posts here and want to add my voice to the strong request to bring back the "Search Nearby" function to the new google maps, knowing that the option to use the "old" google maps will certainly go away at some point.  Thus, reverting back to the old version is not a solution; the new maps needs to be fixed. 

Like the others, all of the solutions that Google community managers have posted here either do not work or do not compare to the accuracy of searching for a location (business, address, etc.) and then simply pressing "search nearby."  It is very simple and user-friendly, and you can see how far away the nearby locations are from the pinned location.  The new version does not set the pin for you; instead the pin is lost and the "nearby" location could be miles away without you knowing the distance. 

Clearly, this thread demonstrates that many, many people use this function in Maps.  I would contend that this thread only scratches the surface with the amount of people utilizing "search nearby" when wanting to know what restaurants, auto repair shops, alteration stores, cleaners, or whatever are located in a given area about which a person is unfamiliar.  This is a real, tangible utility that the old Maps provides and deserves to return given the usefulness of this function. 

I have no idea why the decision was made to do away with "search nearby," but if Google truly wants to enhance the user experience with an improved Maps, it needs to keep those functions that worked best and tweak the ones that need tweaking.  This function works. 

-George
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? shraddha raikar 3/18/14 10:02 AM
Please get the feature back.!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? breadlord 3/18/14 11:02 AM
  • The new implementation is poorly thought out, in that the phrase "search x near y" supposes that Y can be uniquely identified. 
  • The only way to do that with similarly named locations, or businesses is to specify the address, a second search step.
  • "Search nearby" allowed a user to perform a second action on a point that was already unique
I am aware that from a development perspective the functionality *looks* identical, but there is a reasonable change in user workflow. Forcing natural language when it's more precise to do as done before seems perverse.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? mtaylo 3/18/14 11:29 AM
I have been following this thread for a couple weeks now and I find it very disheartening that google has not responded to any of the recent comments.

Clearly many of us are reverting to "old google maps", which will have a limited shelf-life.  

Even more disturbing is that google has changed maps so that it limits the users access to information compared to a previous version.  This action is contradictory to their mission statement:

"Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful"

This change has done the opposite and makes absolutely no sense as to why this has occurred.  GOOGLE, what is your response to this?  Why has this useful feature been removed?  What have you accomplished with this change? And what are you going to do to accommodate upset users that want this feature restored?


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Hiddenbunny 3/18/14 2:42 PM
The fact Google still hasn't provided WHY this feature was removed can only mean 2 things:

1. They got in trouble with that functionality somewhere, and removed it quietly to  avoid future issues.

2. Some developers start to think like the fruity company, "my way is better, and the only way"

Yes, if you clearly identify in the textbox where the location you want is, either by address or by specific wording, using "nearby" works just fine. But why do users have to even consider that when they were already there?

There is another possible reason, is that they integrated this better with Google Now, so since you TALK to the service instead, you are likely forming the complete information required, instead of clicking and typing. I think this makes perfect sense, so they have one engine take input from the textbox (or voice to text from google now), then display the results exactly the same way.

I think that's an ok logic, but its in the same line of Microsoft thinking people will use computer and tablet interchangeably. Look at Windows 8 and Google should be careful about integrating how people use stuff,
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Randimal 3/18/14 3:12 PM
There is a solution: Mapquest.
It allows you to search nearby the same way google used to.
The fact that Mapquest still uses this functionality makes me think google didn't get in trouble with it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Sarah Sullivan 3/18/14 5:11 PM
I completely agree. Search nearby was one of my favorite Google Maps features, really really really miss it in the new version. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? edaguy 3/19/14 3:01 PM
Agree with everyone else.  Bring 'search nearby back'.  I'm already looking on the map at a location and just want to know parking, etc. around where I'm looking.  Why do I need to do a general search for "parking near xyz" only to find I'm looking at xyz in a different city?  Yes, I know I can refine my search by saying "parking near xyz in Portland Oregon" but that's awkward, especially if I've already done a number of map manipulations to look at what I want.

Seems like the new maps are geared toward directions and that's only one use for an online map.  I used to use the search nearby to get a list of restaurants, etc. near a location I was heading to.  I didn't need directions to each one because I don't know which one I'll feel like going to until I'm ready.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Holly Webb 3/19/14 4:24 PM
This is the number one way that I used google maps. It seems to no longer exist! Big problem. Ruins google maps for me.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Semmy Masterson 3/21/14 5:08 AM
Quit trying to teach us a new way of doing things and do it the way we (your customers) want it done.  So freaking tired of Google trying to outthink it's users.  You've failed in living up to the vision of "do no evil".  You continue messing around with things that work PERFECTLY well the way they are.  Same thing with removing the APPS page from Chrome.  I'm going back to Mapquest and removing Chrome from all my computers until you get your act together.  
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Semmy Masterson 3/21/14 5:11 AM
Typical response... Gee, here's what I hear you saying, now could someone please give me an example?  Go try it yourself Daniel... I think it's been explained sufficiently here.  Quit putting the burden on your users. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Randimal 3/21/14 5:54 AM
Daniel. Here is a perfect example of why the new google maps sucks.
This screen grab shows a search that I did in the new and then the old google maps - I was searching for a theater near a location.
In the new google maps, I searched for the starting location, learning rx, and found it. Then I typed "theater near learning rx". It removed my pin for learning rx. so unless I memorized where it was, I don't have a visual on how far any theaters are. Then, it shows me only one theater, which is not a movie theater at all. Oh, and thank God I have an ad for walmart pharmacy on there too. Needed that!

But look at the OLD google maps search. I have the pin of my starting location, and actual theaters all around it where I can visually pick the closest one and never loose sight of my starting point.

When is google going to fix this?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? the other Doug Gross 3/21/14 9:17 AM
Beautiful example.

Now all of you who are complaining, please go to the new google maps, select the question mark in the bottom right (help), and then "Send general feedback" about this issue.  After you do then select "Return to classic Google Maps" to go back.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Jeff Nelson 3/24/14 5:23 PM
I've been abroad for the past couple months and come back to this Product F' up. Keep it up Google. Many a company looking to take your empire away. I'm starting to wish them more luck as I use other tools to channel my business.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? mtaylo 3/24/14 5:46 PM
Tried out a few alternatives:  map quest, bing and Yahoo.  Yahoo maps is my favorite!  Google is scared to reply to this thread!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mika R 3/26/14 3:36 AM
Have to say that Yahoo maps powered by Here looks very usable alternative against the diminished utility with Google Maps. :/
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Barbara Schroeder 3/26/14 7:07 AM
I agree as I am having the same issue. I am constantly booking guys into hotels near their worksite locations. I would type in the site location, search nearby for hotels. Now I enter the site location, search nearby restaurancts, type over the word restaurant with the word hotel, then click on list all -- yes, more cumbersome, especially when I am on the phone and constantly in a rush at work. Please reinstate the search nearby option. Thank you. The old explorer now crashes/freezes my system every time I use it.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Megan Shaffer 3/26/14 7:48 AM
Can we PLEASE bring back the search nearby function.  It is much easier to click on a pin and search what is closest than the additional typing and specific wording that has been suggested as an alternative.  Especially when in a hurry.  It is frustrating and I find myself leaving google maps altogether to get recommendations elsewhere or on websites of the place I'm "searching nearby."  Creating other options that require more work or pinning are not an acceptable solution to something that used to be a one click simple search.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Michael Edelstein 3/28/14 11:00 AM
I have to agree. The questions Daniel is asking is like trying to convince a regular user that they are wrong because you helped design the new thing.  Why should I by typing when I can click search nearby.  And in Daniel's method I have to word things correctly.  Ugh!  I am mostly using Yahoo Maps now, and have moved back to the old Google maps for this ONE feature.  If you can't understand that, then you really are too close to the software to know how a more average user thinks.  

I don't think Gregory is attacking Daniel so much as identifying his huge blind spot. And Google's.  This is like the Apple Maps issue.  Not ready for primetime but arrived anyway.  Or like Apple removing heavily used features from Pages and having to put them back.  Many developers are in too close to understand software in the hands of the public.  Search Nearby returns, or I don't, despite the wonders of the many other aspects of Google Maps. It was my most used feature.  

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Steve Cobb 3/28/14 1:57 PM
Randimal, that is an outstanding example.  Thanks.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Michael Edelstein 3/28/14 5:04 PM
Wait, 24 pages of "bring back search nearby" starting long long ago and it's not there?  Stunned, I am reverting all my Google Maps to the old version, and using Apple and Yahoo maps as much as I can for such a closed view of your real audience.  Wow.  Is anyone at the wheel of the ship?

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? treebles 3/29/14 3:27 PM
Hello Michael,
There is also Mapquest that implements Search Nearby like classic Google Maps, just in case the feature is not implemented by the time Google retires classic Maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? TommyTynes 3/31/14 9:42 AM
Thanks so much, Doug. I have restored the old Google Maps. I really hate it when companies change interfaces out of the blue.  I appreciate the free service, but often times, it seems like these changes take place for no good reason. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mobiel Billy 3/31/14 9:49 AM
Daniel,

For some silly reason Google Maps only shows me one result where I want to find ALL possible results, depending on how much I zoom in or out.

Meaning I'm looking for ALL possible 'Colruyt' near the given address.
The reason is simple, I want to determine the distance to the other alternatives, because I wish no longer to go to the result given (because of whatever reason, bad service,...)
There are numerous other things displayed on the map I have no interest in (and never will, regardless of how much you show them or how much they pay you!!) but the results I've asked for are shown with limitations: only the closest option is marked, and for the alternatives I should already know where they are approximately before I see but a glimpse of a marker.

Why isn't it possible to show ALL of the options on the same map, and if there are too many hits so the map isn't clear anymore, I can choose either to zoom in, or change my query.


And my most important question: what is the workaround you can offer me to see ALL of the query results on one single map? Visible at whatever level of zoom, recognisable and complete?


Thank you
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? sandy1111 3/31/14 1:47 PM
Me too, so irritating.  
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Daniel - Google Community Manager 4/1/14 9:46 AM

Huge thanks to all of you for continuing to provide feedback! It’s been tremendously helpful to hear your thoughts.


We’re excited to announce the return of the "Search nearby" functionality in the new Google Maps! It enables you to find a what you’re looking for near a specific point of interest.


  1. Open the new Google Maps.

  2. Search for a location. For example: your work address.

  3. Click the search box once.

  4. Click Search nearby.

  5. Type the category of places you want to search. For example: "coffee shops."

  6. Hit Enter.

  7. Results appear as red icons on the map , and your original location appears as a  gray icon.


There are a couple other ways to access this feature as well: 1. Click the "Search nearby" link in the info card under “Explore this area”. 2. Use the term "near." For example, "coffee near central park" will return places to get coffee near the park. For more information visit this help article.


search nearby.png

We really value your feedback, please keep it coming! Don’t forget to make use of our feedback tool, found by clicking the  in the bottom right corner of the new Google Maps.


Thanks,
Daniel


Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? the other Doug Gross 4/1/14 10:08 AM
Daniel that's awesome news.  Will this be added back to the mobile app as well?

Thanks so much for listening, and even more for taking action.

Doug

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Giri Berenstein 4/1/14 10:54 AM
Daniel, thank you guys so much!
it's been a while and I started to think you have no intention of applying the change, this came as a very very pleasant surprise!
I just tried it out and it works perfectly, very friendly and intuitive.
hurrah Google! it's good to know you're listening to us and taking action :-)
Also, the new hotlinks for search nearby are a cool idea, love it!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Chris Kellen 4/1/14 11:16 AM
Great success! Thanks, Daniel. I think this will make everyone who posted here feel like they were heard, and that Google does care about making a great product. I honestly think Google Maps is one of the pieces of technology that I rely on the most. I thought the removal of this feature was a step backwards, but all is good again. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? treebles 4/1/14 11:48 AM
The current implementation is not as versatile as the one in classic Maps.
It is possible to do multiple "Search nearby"  searches on classic Maps and display them simultaneously on the screen.
The current implementation in new Maps is restricted to just one "Search nearby" search.
I hope there is further development on this feature until it is brought to the same level of functionality, if not better, as the one in classic Maps.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? xzdmd 4/2/14 6:29 AM
Daniel,

Pretty funny April Fools joke, but Google really should work on reinstating the "search nearby" functionality.  It's still not available. 
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? phsshp 4/2/14 3:32 PM
It's better but it is not done.

1. I searched for "Grand Hyatt San Francisco".  It showed it.
2. I clicked Search Nearby (less convenient than on the pin) and typed "Oxygen Equipment Vendors"
3. One issue:  The pin for the hotel disappeared.  I thought that was supposed to stay.
4. Because the pin disappeared, I had to repeat Step 1.  Not acceptable.
5. After repeating Step 1, I searched nearby for "Oxygen".
6. Second issue:  The view zoomed IN.  Why?  Why IN?

Don't zoom or pan as the result of a search.  Or if you have to, only zoom in if there were more than 50 matches, and only zoom out far enough to show the first match.  That's my vote, anyway.  I can imagine preferences:  A checkbox for "Don't zoom or pan on search nearby" and a numeric widget defaulted to 50 for "Zoom in if there are more than [50] matches".

Going back to the old version to wait.  To be honest, I probably won't stick with Google Maps when the old version goes away.  It is less efficient than the old version both in terms of performance on a brand new PC with 6Mb/1Mb connectivity, and I get really annoyed when the map, you know, the thing I'm interested in, is constantly covered by huge windows with junk in them, in unpredictable ways.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? AugustFalcon 4/2/14 6:53 PM
phsshp,

gotta tell yah... your search worked for me! Pin stayed, and it zoomed out on the search.

BUT, when I tried searching for Oxygen it only found Oxygen Public Relations and it centered and zoomed in on that and the pin for the Grand Hyatt went away. I think the secret was doing a single word search and ignoring the popup or popdown suggestions as I typed in Oxygen.

I'm on a mid 2007 iMac running OS X 10.9.2 and using Firefox
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Steve Cobb 4/3/14 4:53 PM
Hi Daniel,
  Armed with this new information, I went back and tried to repeat the excellent example of +Randimal and find Theaters near LearningRX in Waukesha.

The first thing that completely stumped me was finding "Search Nearby"!  There is all of this interactive stuff in the drop down - and I couldn't find search nearby.  I had to go and re-read your post to find out that I had to actually click in the search box for this one extra action to appear.

This is very much like "Whack-a-mole" - note that I also can not view (or figure out how to turn on) traffic or other layers.  UI elements seem to come and go willy nilly.

Once I figured it all out, the results were much better than when Randimal first tried it - and were pretty close to the Classic results. 
How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mona Durrani 4/4/14 7:00 PM
I don't want to use pins, "search near some-place" or any other poorly thought workarounds, just bring the feature back... I don't understand why a fully working and extremely useful feature then out at all?

Google is fast turning into a giant redtape bloated gov't organization where some department head makes a random decision in his infinite wisdom and messes up a perfectly working service/product...

Stop giving us workarounds and bring the feature back...

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? garvster 4/4/14 7:39 PM
its great that search nearby is finally back even if its not 100%. how long do we wait for the android version? i almost never use a PC anymore. my life almost completely revolves around my note 3... sadly.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? cyiy 4/11/14 3:42 AM
How is Google screwing this up so badly? This reminds me of the way Microsoft does business. Completely ignores.

I try searching for 24 hour fitness near my current location. The Google maps of today spits out a location three cities away. It has even spit me out 500 miles away into a different state !!!! Please do not go the way of yahoo and fix this you dupes!

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? cyiy 4/11/14 3:42 AM
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Lisa Lavelle 4/11/14 11:17 AM
Glad there is an option now, but also had to go back to these directions. Would really like it to be more intuitive, as it was before. I think this is a valuable tool that should be always visible.

Thanks
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? brahn hunt 4/18/14 1:42 AM
I can't read through the 100 screens of comments prior to this, but I can say it's removal has greatly inconvenienced me on many occasions. Please bring back the 'search nearby' button.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Patrick BIP 4/23/14 10:16 AM
Your suggestion to type "taco near gary ganko" string as the search seems to be Google's official stance on how to deal with search nearby.

This is a total and utter crap suggestion.

Sure, it works fine when you ALREADY know EXACTLY where you are and the google maps result gets a 100% non-failure rate to effectively give you this "gary ganko" as the center of the search.

But what if "gary ganko" actually lead you somewhere that is totally elsewhere on the map, NOT anywhere near the area you want to search ? Then it becomes impossible to search for tacos near the area the user wanted.

Also, what is that "gray button" thing you talk about? ANYTIME I am ANYWHERE on a google map, wether there is a pinned location OR NOT, I shoud be able to search nearby EASILY, either by right-clicking somewhere on the mao (in which case if there is no currently pinned location, the clicked-point is used as the search center), or with an always visible button near the upper left area, in which case the center of the current displayed area would be used.  In any case such a button should always be present and easy to spot, because there is a difference bwrween "searching locally" and "global searching".

For example, typing "Paris" in the search box should probably lead to the map relocating to shoe paris, France, Europe. While "search nearby" would allow typing France, and show whatever is closest around the pinned location (or the center of the currently displayed area). And NOT re-zoom automatically, so that hte user controls how "far" the search will go. This would allow someone to let's say find "Paris Coiffure Hair Salon" in the area.

Secondly, what if the user ALREADY has done that "gary ganko" search once and the displayed map is already of the general vicinity the user wanted? Are you really suggesting forcing the user to TYPE MUCH OF THE SAME THING AGAIN ? That would be a very bad user interface. And what if this "gary ganko" thing is not a measly 10 characters long, but 75 characters long? You really wnat to force the user to wither type everything AGAIN, or just force him to make extra cut n paste actions for no good reason.

I frequently did searchnearby not only of my ultimate "important" target, but of SEVERAL.  Having a main "map center for searches" location that isn't also ALWAYS the desired search result, is instintive. People go somewhere in an area because of a reason A, and they want to max out their time. So they also needc locations near a specific location A, let's say I am going for an interview. I also need reason B: how to travel from nearest metro station to A. Maybe I also need reasons C, D and E too: before going to my interview, I need to go cut my hair, grab a bite, and afterwards I want to go see a friend, is there what I need nearby? Will I take the same path to come back?

Third, simply having only a "What's here" choice shows only the pinned location. Or explore the rea shows you lots of useless stuff that is ultimately is good only for one thing: selling google-maps-users eyeball-time to businesses which is a stupid marketing strategy. Seing the screen swamped and littered with non-desitred and irrelevant information just drowns the result you want.

Current way is slower. It is NOT intuitive. It just plain doesn't WORK.

Before: Intuitive: Find general area then search within it, and KEEP the pinned location so it is very easy to see the path from the pinned location to all the search results of "things nearby".

Now: NOT intuituive. You have to first specify the thing you'll "search nearby" before specifying the thing that is searched nearby from.

Anyway, love the full screen but this needs more tweaking.

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mobiel Billy 4/25/14 8:23 AM
Thanks for the feedback, but if you read my question in a bit more detail, you'll see that it's not about how to make the search nearby function work, but rather about the results it gives.
I only get the nearest result whereas I want to have ALL possible results within the frame determined by my zoom.

Is there a way to make ALL possible results visible?
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Kiran Kiranr 4/29/14 6:55 AM
Want the "search nearby" functionality pls bring it back.  Asap .. Google..
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Barry Reicker 5/6/14 12:28 AM
Bring it back
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Barry Reicker 5/6/14 12:28 AM
Bring it back
How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? tall1 5/10/14 3:20 PM
I was trying to use google maps to find land marks near my daughter's school.  I wanted to find keywords that I could use to narrow an apartment search such as the name of a BART station.  I was getting so frustrate. GENUINELY frustrated.  My blood pressure was rising. This app, as it is, is good for getting directions from point A to point B but calling it "maps" is a little generous. "Maps" implies all kinds of useful features that are no longer available.  

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Dave Loverde 5/22/14 2:41 PM
Daniel,

My question about this revolves around how consitent and how comprehensive this feature is.  Say, for example, I am trying to find all pizza places in a certain town, say within 3 or 4 miles of a certain address so to stay within the delivery area, and I search "pizza near 123 Fake Street," the results that come back are far from comprehensive.  It may return a Pizza Hut, and a Papa Johns, but not show a Little Caesars that is there, or not show several different big name pizza restaurant that are nearby.  Searching for a Little Caesars with the map positioned around that address will in fact show a Little Caesars. If you search a different address, the results may include a Little Caesars, but omit a pizza hut or others nearby, which once searched for specifically, will appear.

Is there a better way to search to get the results that I am looking for?

Any help would be appreciated.

Dave Loverde
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Hprog 5/25/14 4:43 AM
I was glad to see that Google noticed the obvious (once again) and added Search nearby to the new Google Maps. This new version, however, is still not good enough. Allegedly, the starting point remains marked in gray while one sees the places one searched nearby around that gray pin. Well, this doesn't work all the time and still for some searches one loses the starting point completely. If you're exploring an area that you don't know well, this can get very confusing.

I go back to my original example: I look for a city I've never been to and search nearby for airport; with the classic google maps, the city stay pinned and the nearby airports show around also pinned; with the new version, I lose the pin on my searched city and get taken and zoomed into one airport instead, so I have to zoom back out to find once again where I was. How is this an improvement? It's not! Why is it so difficult for your programmers to understand users' needs?

I gave the new version a try with open mind for some days but returned to the classic maps, which I will keep using until you definitely force the new one on us all.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? treebles 5/25/14 6:10 AM
Please, send also feedback directly to the developers, as explained in this help center article, to provide your comments about the deficiencies of the current implementation of the search nearby feature and also your suggestions for improvement.
https://support.google.com/maps/answer/3094045?hl=en&ref_topic=3093612

Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Mobiel Billy 5/25/14 10:17 AM
Daniel,

How come that sometimes if I use the 'search nearby' function, I get all the possible hits in the area that is shown within the frame, and in other occasions, the area that is shown completely shifts to this one single option, and completely forgetting the starting point.

In this second case, the function is totally useless, and has no additional value whatsoever.
What's worse, because it's totally unpredictable which of these two modi operandi Google Maps is going to use, it looses all of it's user friendliness!!

Please either make this logical and predictable, or just fix it...

Billy
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? CatC. 5/27/14 9:40 AM
Hi Daniel -

In my case, I do a lot of travel planning, and once I'd set my various destinations (say, New York City to Philadelphia to Atlanta to Chicago) then I could rearrange the points of intermediate destination as necessary to accommodate distance, scheduling and routes. The map pins would show selected route cities in the order I'd placed them, which would make it easier to plan the road trip as necessary.  Now, only the final destination has a pin, and I can't turn off the "construction" and other markers so that I have a clean route marked that I can then move around and include with the printed directions.

The old maps also had items you could turn on and off to mark: such as airports, hotels, train stations, etc, so if I needed those in the planning I could use them, but if not, I could shut them off. The construction markers and other route issues could be better applied in a selectable on/off feature once a route has been identified - if the user is going to need them at all, much like hotels, train stations, airports, restaurants, etc.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Keith Leatherwood 5/31/14 5:24 AM
Bring it back!!!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? now2407 6/4/14 5:00 PM
I'm currently developing a app for this problem. it does not have a name yet but keep updated on twitter @apptrilla. it will also have a desktop web app in the future!
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? tall1 6/9/14 9:17 AM
I just did a search for tennis equipment near 01867.   The business pictured was City Sports Porter Square which is in Sommerville.  That is an optimistic 23 minute drive into the heart of Cambridge.  That could easily, VERY easily turn inot 1 hour for one way with Boston traffic.  Only a masochist would try that.  You see, 01867 is within 5 miles of at least a dozen places to buy tennis equipment, including 6 or 7 tennis facilities.    It is surrounded by shopping centers in all directions.  The second and third choices were equally as ridiculous(Boston, Whenam??).   There seemed to be no logic to the order in which results were listed.  The choices for filters were "Top Reviewers" or "My Cirlces."  So there we have  at least three stages here where I am being nudged towards businesses that paid a premium 1) The initial results which are not based on distance but rather who paid to pop up into my search first, 2)  the "Top Reviewers" filter which will allow me to see more paid advertising and, 3) My circles, which will direct me into Google's social networking which would only be useful to me, if,  I was part of a "Circle" of friends who bought tennis stuff,  but is useful to Google, because it helps them harvest info about me, and the people I know, so it can sell pinpoint add space to  City Sports in Porter Square.  There is a 4th nudge, perhaps a little more insidious, which is the nudge away from all the tennis equipment places I could walk to in less time than it takes to drive to the heart of Cambridge, places that I need and want to give my business to.   And before Daniel chimes in, I would like to state that  the search "tennis equipment near 01867" is sufficient.  I should not have to do any more digging, clicking, re-wording.   I think it is time to seriously consider that Google has decided to do "just a little bit of evil." They have enjoyed the top spot as a trusted search engine for so long that they can function like a monoply, or at least it seems that way.  The vast response to this discussion is testimony to extent to which people still trust and believe in Google.  I don't think today's Google is the same company that earned that faith years ago.   Does anyone know of a map search that starts where you are and lists all results accordingly.   I know the technology exists, because I have seen it before
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? Zee Ter 6/14/14 9:00 AM
google maps SUCK SUCK SUCK SUCK.....they must've hired fucking morons to 'fix' it.....dumb asses.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? M Bliss 6/30/14 7:04 PM
Yes - I also really need the "search nearby" and being able to click the location PIN was a enormously useful tool. I have also missed seeing the Location Pin once I go to look for other things. These are usually areas unfamiliar to me, and I need that big pin to orient myself. I hope you bring it back and soon.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? David Weis 7/11/14 11:34 AM
I want the old google maps back and the working google phone too.
Re: How to search "nearby" in new Google Maps? treebles 7/11/14 12:20 PM
Hello David,
You can switch back to classic Maps by following the instructions in this help article.
https://support.google.com/maps/answer/3045828?hl=en&ref_topic=3093612

You can also bookmark this URL on your browser for direct access to classic Maps
https://maps.google.com?output=classic

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