Yandex Revamps Interface, Adds Crowdsourcing to Maps

Russian leading search engine Yandex has announced yesterday an update to its Yandex.Maps service with a full screen map, the capability to search for a particular building or the name of an organization as well as the option to calculate a trip by car or public transportation.

And while users have long had the ability to edit Yandex’s Public Map, now this functionality has been added to the main Yandex.Maps viewed by millions of users. A simple map-editing tool allows users to update, correct and improve Yandex.Maps, combining their local knowledge with the work of Yandex’s cartographers. Users’ contributions are incorporated into Yandex.Maps once a month, after moderation.

The new map is available on the website and as a mobile application for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. While the English-language version of Yandex.Maps can be accessed at, the map editing functionality is currently available only on the Russian version of the service.

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