Google has combined its Google Maps and Google Local searches into one new site “Google Local” and taken the site out of beta! While Google seems to normally leave their services in beta forever (check out Froogle and News), Google Local seems to have made it out in record time.

Cool new features you’ll see in the live, non-beta version of Google Local?

  • Switch between map and satellite view
  • Keeps your location cookied so you start off in your zip code
  • Reviews of local shops like restaurants
  • Categories of stores!
  • Hour of operations and more

Not too shabby.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."