Google has incorporated two new features into Google Maps: double-click to zoom and continuous zoom. It is no longer a hassle to zoom in to a certain point on the map. All you have to do is double-click on that spot and Google will zoom to it.
Continuous zoom can either be seen by doing the double-click or by incrementing the zoom slider by one. You should notice Google slowly zooming into the point you designated. This effect is similar to what we have all come to love in Google Earth but it is on a more basic level. For me the images in the hybrid or satellite view initially sometimes appeared as a gray box until they had the chance to fully load, so it wasn’t perfectly smooth. Let’s not forget that the continuous zoom is only compatible for, yep you guessed it, Firefox and Internet Explorer.