Google Maps App Gets Design Revamp

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With the release of the latest version of Android, Lollipop, Google has been launching big updates for its major apps. In recent days, we've seen announcements about the new Google Calendar and the new Gmail.

Google Maps is the latest to get a refresh, favoring material design and "bold colors and textures".

"This new look is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world; with Google Maps’ new material feel, layers and buttons come to life so you know just where to touch to get directions, recommendations and imagery," says designer Evelyn Kim.

When the user taps a place's info at the bottom of the screen, a layer will glide up, and display pictures, reviews, etc. The Explore feature appears at the bottom of the map.

U.S. users will be able to reserve tables at restaurants found on OpenTable from the app.

"On a cool winter day, a chilly walk or train ride may not always be the most appealing choice," says Kim. "Travelers deciding whether they should take an Uber or brave the frosty winds can now see estimates for Uber’s pickup time and price for their route in walking and transit directions in Google Maps. This option will appear if you have the Uber app installed, where available."

The update isn't just for Android. It's also hitting iPhone. Users should see the update over the next few days.

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