Google Maps presents its new interface, it’s about time

Last February, Google Maps announced a major overhaul of its Android application. It was time. The app is one of the most popular in the world, and has added several key features in recent years. Which had the inevitable consequences make the user experience heavier and navigation. We will therefore not complain about a small facelift, intended to purify the general interface.

After a quick preview in recent weeks, finally withdrawn from circulation, the new software interface was finally given a proper presentation at the end of last week. Nothing very surprising, since we find a more important space allocated to cartography, with the plan systematically present in the background, and independent cartridges (finally relieved of their double bottom) for contextual display. A cross located at the top right of the cartridge also makes it easier to close the context menu to return to map navigation.

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Like an air of Apple Maps

With this smoother and cleaner interface, Google Maps allows you to focus on the essentials. The cartels no longer occupy all the space, and the different travel options (on foot, by bike, by car, by VTC or by public transport) are relegated to the bottom of the screen, to make reading easier. We also find the rest of the travel information, such as the price (for public transport and VTC), the carbon impact, or even the traffic situation.

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At first glance, the change in Google Maps is not obvious. Inspired by the aesthetic of Apple Maps, and ideal for one-handed navigation, it nevertheless promises to gently modernize our use of the platform. We thus find much more rounded corners, an ergonomic background, and less busy cards to make reading easier. For the moment, the redesign is only accessible on the latest version of Android, so it’s possible that you haven’t seen the color yet, especially if you’re traveling on iOS. A little patience, it shouldn’t be long.

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