Since they are rival smartphone operating systems, Android and iOS are frequently contrasted, and the same is true of system apps. We frequently compare Google Maps or Maps Go‘s capabilities against those of Apple Maps and Waze, which are all among the greatest navigation apps available. Google Maps, or Maps Go, is pre-installed on practically all Android devices, including those running custom skins like One UI or OxygenOS. Google has redesigned the Maps UI to match Apple Maps more closely, for better or worse, and the effects can be divisive.
In the mobile default view, Google Maps looks to be testing a new user interface. The most noticeable difference, according to 9to5Google, is that streets and city blocks are now white and gray instead of their previous colors of gray and white, respectively. We immediately think of Apple Maps when we see the gray streets, with a darker gray used to signify motorways. Today, routes with moderate congestion are marked with the same yellow that was once reserved for motorways.
You’ll notice Google has switched the lavender-blue hue for a teal-blue hue if you live close to a body of water like a lake, stream, or river. Instead of the leaf green color, the color for brush and woodlands takes on a bluish undertone and replaces it with a desaturated emerald green shade. We don’t understand why Google is getting rid of its brand colors in this manner, but you’ll notice this green in other banners and UI components that formerly used the brilliant green from the Google logo.
Additionally, Google Maps’ bottom bar is now much shorter and lacks the dynamic theming of Material You. Even though they appear to be small color adjustments, the result is a noticeable change from how Google Maps previously looked. For better or worse, it now resembles Apple Maps quite a bit. Thankfully, the dark mode UI on mobile and the online interface are both totally unaltered.
It’s interesting that we aren’t noticing the changes on our devices; thus, it may be a test open just to a small group of people or the beginning of a staggered rollout to a larger audience. Given that Google is also testing updated pins for your bookmarked destinations, it may possibly be a part of a larger overhaul.
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