As before, since some time, a “More” button in the map lets you browse photos and Wikipedia articles overlaid on the map. (And the easter egg of entering niniane kicks ass – a reference to Google employee Niniane Wang – still works, too.)
When Google Maps was launched as a Labs project in February 2005, it also didn’t have tabs, as above screenshot of that time shows (also see a larger version from October that year). Tabs were only to be introduced in 2006... and back then, the side bar was to the right.
Update: Here’s a statement from Google which Google Operating System got earlier this month: “We’re running the new UI as an experiment, so only a small percentage of users see it. If people like it better than the old UI then we’ll launch it to all users after cleaning up the bugs and incorporating any changes based on feedback from the experiment.” [Thanks Tony!]
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