Google Maps has gotten an updated look. The driving, navigation, transit, and explore maps have gotten a refresh so that important information is shown more clearly. Gas stations will now appear more prominently during navigation, as will train stations on transit maps.
When you schedule an event using Google Calendar, get a reservation confirmation in Gmail, or add a restaurant to your “Want to Go” list, Google Maps reflects that too. Now, Google updating their Maps with a new look that better reflects your world, right now.
First, the tech giants have updated the driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight the information most relevant to each experience (think gas stations for navigation, train stations for transit, and so on). They have also updated our colour scheme and added new icons to help you quickly identify exactly what kind of point of interest you’re looking at. Places like a cafe, church, museum or hospital will have a designated colour and icon, so that it’s easy to find that type of destination on the map.
For example, if you’re in a new neighbourhood and searching for a coffee shop, you could open the map to find the nearest orange icon (which is the colour for Food & Drink spots). Google have created a cheat sheet of the new colours and icons to help you get acquainted with the new look:
Users will see these changes over the next few weeks in all Google products that incorporate Google Maps, including the Assistant, Search, Earth, and Android Auto. Over time, the new style will also appear in the apps, websites and experiences offered by companies that use Google Maps APIs as well. So no matter how or where you’re using Google Maps, you’ll have the same consistent experience.
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