November 16, 2017
Google Maps has always been there to help you find your destination — but a recent update has made the process a little more convenient.
An update to Maps’ driving, navigation, transit and explore maps makes relevant destinations, such as gas stations, subways and restaurants, much easier to spot. A new color scheme and new icons makes the identification of specific destinations and points of interest jump off the screen.
“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,” Google Maps product manager Liz Hunt said in a blog post. “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 update will roll out in the next few weeks to all Google products containing Google Maps, such as Assistant, Search, Earth, and Android Auto. The new style will also, eventually, show up in the apps, websites and experiences offered by companies that use Google Maps APIs.