Google Maps Revamped With New Features and Icons To Highlight Point of Interest


Google has been continually working towards upgrading its products and services, and today the company has announced new features for Google Maps.

Google Maps has got an interface makeover, and it now shows information in a much better way. The colour and icons have been overhauled. Users will now be shown relevant information depending on the map view, for example, Transit mode will now show train stations and bus stop more clearly. While Driving view will show nearby gas stations and other necessary stops. Google has changed the colour scheme for the Maps along with icons. These changes will help users in quickly identifying the points of interest.

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In a blog post about new changes and features, Google states:

First, we’ve updated the driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight the information most relevant to each experience (think gas stations for navigation, train stations for transit, and so on). We’ve also updated our color scheme and added new icons to help you quickly identify exactly what kind of point of interest you’re looking at.

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. 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).

Dedicated colour schemes for different categories

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Google Maps has eight categories denoted by their own colour to help users sort out better. These categories are - Food & Drink, Shopping, Health, Entertainment/Leisure, Services, Civil Services/Worship, Outdoor, and Transport. Icons in these categories will also feature the same colour as the category. Besides, Google has also revamped personal and road work condition icons.

Being a server-side update, the new and improved Google Maps will start rolling out over the coming few weeks. These changes will also reflect in the Google products that use Maps, such as Google Assistant, Search, Earth, and Android Auto. Later, apps that use Google Maps API will also reflect these changes.