Google Maps has come out with its latest update which has brought in design tweaks and some new features. The company feels the changes will enhance users’ visual experience and will make the maps look cleaner and less cluttered.
The latest update has been rolled out to Google Maps on iOS, Android and desktop.
Better design, cleaner look
Google has removed unnecessary elements including road outlines. It has also improved the typography of street names, points of interest and transit stations which it says will improve the visibility and also offer users better navigation experience.
“The world is full of information, which means highlighting necessary info on the map without overcrowding it is a balancing act,” the company said in a blog post.
Areas of interest
Google Maps has also brought in a new ‘areas of interest’ feature which will represent places where there’s a lot of activities and things to do. These areas will be shaded in orange on Google Maps and users can zoom in to see more details about each venue.
“Whether you’re looking for a hotel in a hot spot or just trying to determine which way to go after exiting the subway in a new place, ‘areas of interest’ will help you find what you’re looking for with just a couple swipes and a zoom,” the blog post said.
The company determines the ‘areas of interest’ using an algorithmic process wherein it highlights areas with high concentration of bars, restaurants and shops.
New colour scheme
Google Maps has also brought in a new colour scheme which it says will enable users to differentiate between man-made or natural features, and identify places like hospitals, schools or highways.
So, what are you waiting for? Just update Google Maps and experience better navigation.
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