Mobile Google Maps will receive an improved interface

Mobile Google Maps will receive an improved interface


The XDA Devolopers portal reported that some users of the Google Maps mobile application have an updated interface. The company has made important improvements related to the usability of the software product.

Firstly, the upper section of the screen, where the fields for entering route points are located, has received a rounded shape and now looks like a small rectangle. The font style has changed. Thanks to the creation of a more compact appearance of the routes section, the map visibility area has increased, which is also a definite plus.

Left: new design, right: current design

Left new design, right current

Secondly, the section with the choice of the type of transport and the method of movement (car, bicycle, taxi or on foot) has been moved from the top to the bottom when the route is built. Items are now selected in a vertically scrolling list rather than in a small horizontal bar. You can also choose the best route option in the bottom bar. Such solutions are made specifically for the convenience of working in the application on devices with large screens.

At the moment, the update is not yet available to a wide range of users. Most likely, Google tests it in a randomized fashion.

New interface with combined navigation and Google Street View

New interface with combined navigation and Google Street View

In addition, Google has added a split screen for navigation: at the top is the Google Street View section, and at the bottom is a map with the user’s location. This feature is spreading in waves to all Google Maps users on Android.

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