Google Maps Will Make it Easier to Pick Out Important Areas

BY Evan Selleck

Published 15 Nov 2017

Google Maps wants to make it as easy as possible to help you get to where you are going, and one way to do that is to make finding important places and details easier.

Which is what the newest update to the service is meant to do. Announced today, Google Maps will soon be adding a more colorful and distinct visual approach to showcasing important pieces of information and areas. What’s more, Google Maps will show the most important pieces of information based on how you’re using it. So if you’re navigating, it will show you gas stations a bit easier. And if you’re using public transit, train stations and the like will be easier to spot.

In addition to that, Google is also updating the color scheme for points of interest. That means cafes, shops, outdoor areas, entertainment sites, civil services, and more:

“Places like a cafe, church, museum or hospital will have a designated color and icon, so that it’s easy to find that type of destination on the map. For example, if you’re in a new neighborhood and searching for a coffee shop, you could open the map to find the nearest orange icon (which is the color for Food & Drink spots).”

These changes should make it easier for Google Maps users to quickly identify what they are looking for, no matter how they might be using the service. These new features will also be baked into any app that uses Google Maps, which means you will see these changes in the likes of Search, Google Earth, and Android Auto, among other apps and services.

These new changes will be rolling out over the coming weeks.

[via Google Blog]