Google updated their Maps UI today with a lot cleaner look’n’feel and icons + sliderbar, add some much needed clarity and class to it. The person on top of the slider bar enables the streetview for you and starts in full-screen. This also might be because Google has streetview almost all of the US and want to make it easier for users to access the feature. Plus with the new release of iPhone firmware update 2.2 streetview feature has been included.
This is definitely a step towards cleaner much refined application user interface.
I’d guess there’s a new UI designer on board at google, always looking forward to cleaner more user-friendly applications on the web.