Google Maps Material Design: Here’s What’s New

Google teased a lot of changes to its apps at the I/O conference held in May, 2018. Now one of the most popular app – Google Maps has been redesigned with new UI elements. Before we begin, do note that this is a server-side update i.e. you can’t download via Playstore. Currently, the new update is being rolled out to only a handful of users and will be eventually pushed out to everyone who uses Google Maps for both iOS and Android.

Let’s take a detailed look at the app’s redesigned interface:
Visually, the new Google Maps interface looks much cleaner and brighter. The first noticeable thing is that the search bar now has rounded corners. The updated font is another clearly visible change. Text elements now use the Product Sans font. Many of the buttons have been redesigned and relocated as shown in the image below.

The Explore tab has received a major overhaul. It features rounded and colorful icons for various categories like Restaurants, Coffee, Attractions etc. There is a scrolling carousel feature for browsing a plethora of restaurants and other eateries. Under the carousel, you get a list of recommended places to visit shared by users and publishers. The upcoming events section has got a small change with one addition which lets you find and sort events based on the time.

You can discover and search through more categories including Food & Drinks, Things to do, Shopping and Services by searching deeper into the explore tab.

The new Material Design should make navigation easier than before. The explore tab seems pretty useful and handy. Let us know what you think about this revamped interface.

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Viraj Gawde

Viraj loves being in the creative field. Being a tech guy and resident tech advisor for his friends and family, his interest lies in smartphones, laptops and cameras. Passionate about creating art, his forte lies in photography. In his downtime, he loves gaming on his self-built rig and supporting FC Barcelona.