New Look of Google Maps Adapts to How You Travel


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For many people, Google Maps may be a cornerstone of navigation. However, the app’s  visual presentation can seldom leave something to be wanted. Why would users care about gas stations when they are taking the subway? To that end, Google is furnishing Maps with a fresh look that adapts to the travel methods of users and what they are looking for. If the user is taking public transportation, it will highlight stops and route lines; if users are exploring the area, it will concentrate more on points of interest. Every location type will also have distinct icons and colours, so it should be easier to look for a movie theatre or a restaurant if they are new to the area.

The new coat of paint of Maps will be available over the next few weeks in every Google service or app that uses the platform, ranging from obvious picks like Google Earth and Android Auto through to secondary uses like standard searches and Google Assistant. It will show up on other websites and apps “over time.” While this is not the same as changing features, the new coat could still make a huge difference — the context-sensitive visuals of the new look could make sure the users take the right bus or discover an eatery that they would have otherwise missed.