I guess I missed the official blog post from Google a couple of days back. To my surprise this morning, the Google Maps Web interface had a fresh look. After some quick digging, I noticed that yes, indeed, it did get a recent update from Google.
The company said it is rolling out a “cleaner look” that now highlights “necessary info on the map without overcrowding it.” Job well done, since “clean” is the first word that came to mind when I saw the new interface.
Google said it cut out road outlines, worked on typography of the lettering it used in POIs and road names and tweaked the icons for places like transit stations. It’s also starting to shade specific areas “of interest.”
“We determine “areas of interest” with an algorithmic process that allows us to highlight the areas with the highest concentration of restaurants, bars and shops,” Google explained. “In high-density areas like NYC, we use a human touch to make sure we’re showing the most active areas.”
You should find the new Google Maps in your browser now.