Users Hold Protest Against the New Google Maps Interface


KIEV, UKRAINE - January 23, 2021: In this photo illustration Google Maps logo seen displayed on smart phone

Following widespread complaints on Google’s forums and negative feedback on the Play Store reviews regarding the new colors in Google Maps, users have taken their concerns to petitions. A Change.org petition has been initiated, urging Google to revert the changes, particularly highlighting the potential difficulties for colorblind users.

Google Maps Color Changes Google Maps

The petition emphasizes the need for Google to reconsider the color alterations and advocates for a stronger focus on the accessibility aspect of Google Maps. The recent Google Maps update introduced various color changes, such as different shades of gray for roads, teal for water, and mint for forests, resulting in a visual similarity to Apple Maps.

Despite the user backlash, Google has not officially responded to the criticism. While hoping users would adapt to the new interface, the company has faced significant backlash. Some users describe the new interface as a “cold and computer-generated” UI. Concerns have been raised about the cluttered interface, suggesting a need for a more streamlined design with a primary focus on maps.

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The new color palette does not link to a specific version of Google Maps. This makes it challenging for users to revert to an earlier version. The company implemented the updated interface across all devices through a server-side switch. This has affected web, iPhone, Android, Android Auto, and CarPlay users.

Google Maps Dark Mode on Android Auto and CarPlay Google Maps

The petition, though in its early stages with a limited number of signatures, serves as another avenue for users to express their discontent with the new interface. Users are calling on Google to listen to the feedback and make further improvements. Especially addressing urgent fixes for dark mode, particularly on Android Auto and CarPlay. On these platforms, where distinctions between active and suggested routes are challenging. This potentially causes distractions while driving. The petition underscores the importance of a readable UI for drivers to quickly access essential route information.

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