Google Maps has been around for 15 years, and to celebrate the day, Google has unveiled a new icon, a slightly redesigned app and some new features. Perhaps the biggest change here is that the icon itself is no longer a classic map intersection icon, but instead a new white background on the Google-toned pin, more likely to match Google’s other app brands.
The Google Maps app itself has changed slightly, with two tabs added at the bottom: updates add edgy and update tabs, and replace the “For you” tab with a more centralized Save tab. The redesign was motivated by google’s latest additions to maps, such as a growing focus on what users submit and the ability to follow other users. With the new tags, users can put more of these features first and centered without having to hide them deep in side menus.
Google also announced a number of new maps features, although they won’t be released until sometime in March. The first is to increase crowdsourcing information on public transport. Previously, Google Maps could only tell you if trains or buses would be crowded, but the new update allows users to submit other details, such as cabin temperature, wheelchair availability, or whether there are female-only compartments or on-board safety devices.
Another update is the Augmented Reality Live View feature, which gives a more lightweight mode that simply shows the destination’s location without starting the full 3D lap-by-lap navigation mode currently available. Another update is Google’s Augmented Reality Live View feature, which has a more lightweight mode that will show only the target location without starting the full 3D progressive navigation mode currently available.
The new icon and tag interface will be available today on iOS and Android devices, and the new bus information and live view mode will be updated sometime next month.