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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Single language labels launched worldwide on Google Maps

We just launched single language labels across the world. Not only does this make the maps more legible in places with non-English labels by halving the amount of text drawn onto the map, it also makes the map more useful by translating the labels to ones that you'll be familiar with.

In the examples below, see how Switzerland is now labeled once instead of four times, leaving room for us to label Lucerne. Also note now Milano in Italy is now labeled Milan (the English name for the city). In China, the amount of labels is halved due to dropping the Chinese text, leading to a cleaner and more legible map:

More details in the blog post on the Google Lat Long blog...

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