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Google Maps updated to sport a new design with novel color scheme and location identifiers

In a bid to keep pace with an ever-evolving world around us, Google has recently updated Maps to better highlight the information most relevant to each of its users’ experience. In a blog post, the tech giant has noted that they have updated the color scheme and added new icons to help users quickly identify exactly what kind of point of interest they’re looking at. Places like a cafe, church, museum or hospital will now have a designated color and icon, so that it’s easy to find that type of destination on the map.

Google has also created a cheat sheet of the new colors and icons to help users get acquainted with the new look (example- orange icon for color for Food & Drink spots). The mapping service will also be synced with mail and Google Calendar to subsequently show the places scheduled on the calendar and the location of confirmed reservations from one’s mail, on Google Maps.

Not only this a restaurant added in the 'Want to visit' list by the users would also be reflected on the Maps. The blog post noted that these changes would roll out over the next few weeks for all the 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.

Google Maps had recently assembled an imagery of a total of 16 celestial bodies from our Galaxy (including Mars and Earth’s Moon) on Maps interface for users to visit virtually from their computers. It had also introduced a ‘wait time’ feature for Maps in its previous update that allowed users to assess the possible peak times for restaurant bookings and manage their reservations accordingly. With all the new updates, it will be interesting to see how Google Maps fare on overall user satisfaction over time.
So what do you think of this new feature, do let us know in the comments below.

Source: GoogleBlog

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