Google has rolled out the Maps update, as a part of its process to convert most of its apps, to its latest Android 5.0 design ( or as Google calls it, Material design).
And as has been the case with most of its recent app updates, the Maps update also features much brighter, bolder colours, along with some innovative animations. For example, a certain animation in Google Maps makes you feel, as if you are sliding a paper.
Here’s what Google had to say while announcing the new update,
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.
Apart from the design overhaul, certain new features, like making restaurant reservations, have also been included in. Yu can now reserve a place at your favourite restaurant, if it is listed on Google Maps.
Another major update is the integration of Uber. Google has now made it easier for you, to book a ride with Uber. Travellers deciding whether they should take an Uber or brave the frosty winds can now see estimates for Uber’s pickup time and price for their route in walking and transit directions in Google Maps.
This is particularly interesting, considering the fact that Uber has now got an upper hand over other private operators and online competitors. Do take note of the fact, the Uber has investment from Google Ventures.
The overall feel and designing of the new Maps, as seen in photos, is quite refreshing and in line with Google’s Material design philosophy. By tapping on a place’s info sheet at the bottom of your screen, you’ll send an info layer gliding up to the top, showing you photos, reviews, and more. These gliding gestures give you a more life-like, realistic feel about the whole app.
Wondering when will you get the update ? Well, Google has just started rolling out, so even if you haven’t received the update just now, don’t worry, you will.