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Google Gives Google Maps a New Look

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Google has given its Google Maps a new look in keeping with the ever-changing world that Google Maps reflects. Liz Hunt, Product Manager at Google Maps explained the new changes in Google Maps in a blog post late on Wednesday. She says: “The world is an ever-evolving place. And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it. As roads close, businesses open, or local events happen in your neighborhood, you’ll see it on Google 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, we’re updating Google Maps with a new look that better reflects your world, right now.”

The company has updated the driving, navigation, transit, and explore maps to better show the most relevant information for each search experience, such as gas stations for navigation, train stations for transit, and others. Talking about the new changes, Hunt says: “We’ve also updated our color 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 color and icon, so that it’s easy to find that type of destination on the map. For example, if you’re in a new neighborhood and searching for a coffee shop, you could open the map to find the nearest orange icon (which is the color for Food & Drink spots).”

The company has also released a new “cheat sheet” showing the new color scheme and icons.

Talking about when these changes will begin to appear in Google Maps, Hunt says: “You’ll 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.”

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