Google Maps Updated With New Look to Make Finding Places Easier

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    An announced update to Google Maps on Thursday brought a partial redesign that aims to make it quicker and easier for users to find places depending on their usage.

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    As part of the change, Google Maps will now only highlight points of interest that might be relevant depending on what kind of map is selected (driving, navigation, transit, and so on). For example, gas stations will now show up on the navigation map, while train stations will be prominently displayed when viewing the transit map.

    Google has also updated the color scheme and added new icons to help users quickly identify exactly what kind of point of interest they're looking at. Places like a cafe, church, museum or hospital now have a designated color and icon, making it easier to find that type of destination on the map.

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    Google says it will rolling out the changes to all of its products that incorporate Google Maps, including Assistant, Search, and Earth. The new style will also eventually appear in the apps, websites and experiences offered by companies that use Google Maps APIs, in order to provide a consistent experience. 

    Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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  2. TwoBytes macrumors 68030

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    Been waiting for Google to update maps for the X. I wouldn't have thought it takes so long for a big company with one of top most popular apps to roll out updates. Looking forward to it when it arrives.
     
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    I know, never happening...but I can dream of CarPlay support!!
     
  4. rafark macrumors 6502a

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    Google maps not updated for the x rant posts incoming...
     
  5. TimeSquareDesi macrumors 6502

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    Google Maps is my most favorite and most useful app on my phone.
     
  6. rafark macrumors 6502a

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    Even more than safari and, you know, the actual phone app?
     
  7. dan9700 macrumors 68030

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    All the google apps dont have X surport screw them
     
  8. itsmilo macrumors 68020

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    I personally never use the phone app
     
  9. acblue94 macrumors regular

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    Except translate.
     
  10. widget999 macrumors newbie

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    And Youtube
     
  11. WBRacing macrumors 6502a

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    But people on here keep saying screw google and how good Apple Maps is, so why does anyone care if Google's (free) apps are optimised for the X or not? It's all very confusing.
     
  12. jrmckins macrumors newbie

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    Definitely more than Safari. Safari is horrible.
     
  13. Ludatyk macrumors 65832

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    Except for Google app, Chrome, and Google Drive
     
  14. Aston441 macrumors 65816

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    For me it is.

    I use Hangouts for phone calls and iCab Mobile for browsing as both are vastly superior.

    In fact the only Apple app I use on my phone is iMessage. There is superior software out there for every task, except iMessage. Of course that's because iMessage is locked away from developers.
     
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    some comedian said my phone has a ton of apps that i love but then also many apps that i dont use often like the phone app ;)
     
  16. Radon87000 macrumors 604

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    Nice. I use the Maps app everyday and the colour change is welcomed.
     
  17. TheYellowAudi macrumors member

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    Please elaborate. I'm not 'coder', but I have no issues with it. It does exactly what I want it to.
     
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    On ios they should also add the 3D satellite view like they have on web and Apple have in Maps. Too inconvenient having to launch the google earth app just for that.
     
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    Even their betas haven't been updated for the X. Seems it's a ways off.
     
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    Things I don’t like about Google apps:
    • They keep asking me to create/log in to a Google account. No. If Google wants my information then they should pay me a percentage of what they make selling it.
    • The reroute feature in maps is usually pretty good, but I just ran into a situation driving to the DFW airport where the system went spastic because it was rush hour. I am not a Dallas native and did not know what routes to avoid, and Google rerouted me thru downtown then tried rerouting every 10 seconds or so. I couldn’t find an off switch and the ignore button didn’t work because a few seconds later a new option was shown. Historical data should be factored into how you are rerouted especially during rush hour.
     
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    You probably haven't used Hangouts then, not a pleasant experience, to be delicate.
     
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    I don’t mind color changes but going to pastel colors is not a good move for accessibility. I’m color blind and seeing the difference between entertainment/leisure and civil services/worship is going to be difficult.
     
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    Google maps is so far ahead of apple maps in my experience. I only wish Apple would allow google maps through CarPlay. It's crap that you're restricted to Apple Maps when in CarPlay.
     

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