Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Google Maps getting updated to make it easier to see important details

Google Maps updated w/ new icon & color system that better highlights points of interest Google Maps updates its color scheme to make it easier to identify points of interest
Velma Reese | 16 November, 2017, 09:28

Also, Maps has been updated to sync coherently with Google Calendar and your mail.

Google recently announced that they are rolling out a new look for Google Maps, bringing to you a "new look that better reflects your world, right now". Specific points of interest, whether it be a coffee shop or a museum, will now be graced with their own unique icons and colors, thus making it easier for users to find what they're looking for, even when exploring a completely new area. Over the years, the team at Google has improved on various aspects of the mapping service, adding features such as offline maps and real-time location sharing. For example, you might see a focus on gas stations in the navigation map, and train stations under transit. Food and drink, for instance, will have orange icons that split across four symbols: food, bar, cafe, and wine. Cinemas, clubs and similar locations will fall into "Entertainment/Leisure" category and will appear with bluish-green icons, while "shopping" will feature blue color. If you need a hospital quickly, knowing the icon and color that represents a hospital could come in handy. You might want to print it out, cut it out, memorize it, and swallow it.

Google Maps updated w/ new icon & color system that better highlights points of interest
Google Maps gets major UI refresh

Google claims that these changes will make their way over to third-party websites and applications that use the Google Maps API as well over time.

According to the company, the changes will be rolled out to Maps and other Google products that use maps over the coming weeks.

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