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Google Maps gets a fresh redesign to better highlight points of interest

by Brandon Russell | November 16, 2017November 16, 2017 7:00 am PST

The next time you navigate home, Google Maps will look a lot different. Google this week took the wraps off a redesigned Google Maps, which the search giant says “better reflects” our world.

Going forward, Google says information relevant to your experience will be more prominently featured. When you’re following turn-by-turn directions, for example, Google will highlight nearby gas stations; in transit, you’ll see train stations.

Google has also updated the color scheme that’s supposed to make it easier to identify points of interest. Maps look brighter, while colors pop. There’s a cheat sheet (below) that reveals what colors represent places that are around you, from health to shopping to services.

The redesign looks like an overall more appealing way to navigate and discover, and the decision to use different colors for different points of interest is a welcome change.

According to Google, the revamped experience will start rolling out over the next few weeks, and will be available in all Google products, including Maps, Assistant, Search, and more.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...