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Google previewed a redesigned look for Maps that makes it easier to find venues around you. The new design will be rolling out “over the next few weeks” and will appear in Google Maps’ website and apps, as well as third-party services that use Google Maps. With the update, Google Maps will subtly change based on what you’re doing. If you’re using navigation, for example, the app will highlight locations you’re more likely to need while driving, like gas stations. Likewise, if you’re looking at transit directions, Maps will point to bus stops and public transportation stops. Google is also updating the color scheme it uses to identify business locations on the map, to make it easier to find specific types of venues. With the update, the type of business will determine the color of its icon on the map. Restaurants and other venues that fall into the “Food & Drink” category will be orange, while “shopping” will be blue, and “Entertainment/Leisure” will be teal. It may sound like a small change, but Google says these visual cues will make it easier and faster to find places when you’re in an unfamiliar area.

The world is an ever-evolving place. And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it. As roads close, businesses open, or local events happen in your neighborhood, you’ll see it on Google Maps. When you schedule an event using Google Calendar, get a reservation confirmation in Gmail, or add a restaurant to your “Want to Go” list, Google Maps reflects that too. Now, we’re updating Google Maps with a new look that better reflects your world, right now. First, we’ve updated the driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight the information most relevant to each experience (think gas stations for navigation, train stations for transit, and so on). We’ve also updated our color scheme and added new icons to help you quickly identify exactly what kind of point of interest you’re looking at. Places like a cafe, church, museum or hospital will have a designated color and icon, so that it’s easy to find that type of destination on the map. For example, if you’re in a new neighborhood and searching for a coffee shop, you could open the map to find the nearest orange icon (which is the color for Food & Drink spots).

You’ll see these changes over the next few weeks in all Google products that incorporate Google Maps, including the Assistant, Search, Earth, and Android Auto. Over time, the new style will also appear in the apps, websites and experiences offered by companies that use Google Maps APIs as well. So no matter how or where you’re using Google Maps, you’ll have the same consistent experience.

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