Google although installing Material Design features on almost all of its Core applications over the past few weeks and today the Google Maps for Android and iPhone gets its flavor. Both the apps fot Maps are evidently getting a major overhaul alongside few other integrations as well.
Google Maps gets updated to version 9.0, now adds bold colors and textures that enhances the whole look for the app, which also focuses on animations and brings Maps closer to the real locations. In addition to the overall revamped aesthetics, Google’s most popular Explore option is now seen at the bottom of a Mazp for fast access of nearby local hotspots.
Commenting of it, Evelyn Kim, Google Maps UX Designer, in a company blog post said:
Over the next few days, when you open up Google Maps on your Android or iPhone, you’ll be greeted by bright colors and a fresh new design. This new look is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world; with Google Maps’ new material feel, layers and buttons come to life so you know just where to touch to get directions, recommendations and imagery.”
However, the locations or point on interests are apparently displayed with larger images in card style format. Further, Google Maps gets Uber and OpenTable integration. In fact, using Uber, Maps will now sho the estimated pick-up time and Price for an Uner Journey, compete with the same journey by public transit. In order to get such info, users will however need to have the Uber app installed already.
OpenTable will enable users to reserve a table directly from within Google Maps. Functionality is only available in the US. Google reportedly said that the new Maps is all set to roll out over the next few days on to the Android and iOS-based smartphones, like iPhone.