For years, Google Maps has been a popular navigation app on Android, even though it wasn’t always the best at showing places in detail. Google has been working to improve this by regularly updating the app’s look and feel, and recently added features like location-specific weather and new colors for water and parks.
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Bottom Card Updates
- Rounded corners: The card that pops up when you select a location now has rounded corners for a more modern look.
- Share and close buttons: New buttons let you easily share the location or close the card without accidentally swiping it away.
- No more full-screen card: When you expand the card, it no longer takes up the entire screen, making it clearer that it’s not a full-screen view.
Google Maps Navigation UI changes
- Floating box for origin and destination: Your starting and ending points now appear in a floating box with rounded corners instead of a banner at the top.
- Transportation mode switch in bottom card: You can now choose between driving, walking, etc. directly in the bottom card, making it easier to see your estimated arrival time for each option.
- No more full-screen directions: Expanding the bottom card no longer takes up the entire screen, but still shows turn-by-turn directions and traffic information clearly.
What does this mean for you?
The new design is still being tested, but it could make using Google Maps for navigation faster and more intuitive. We’ll have to wait and see if this update rolls out to everyone and how it works in practice.
Want to try the new Google Maps UI design?
You can try updating your Google Maps app or force-restarting it, but there’s no guarantee it will work yet.