Google today announced a significant update to its Google Maps apps for iOS and Android, with the most immediately visible change being a new, bolder look for the apps.

Bold colors and textures are in—and Google Maps is on trend, with a slick new style to make traveling with Maps even easier. Over the next few days, when you open up Google Maps on your Android or iPhone, you’ll be greeted by bright colors and a fresh new design. This new look is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world; with Google Maps’ new material feel, layers and buttons come to life so you know just where to touch to get directions, recommendations and imagery.

Beyond the new look, Google Maps will also be adding OpenTable support in the United States, allowing users to make reservations at participating restaurants right from the app.

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Google Maps' new look with Uber (left) and OpenTable (right) integration

Expanded support for car service Uber is also included for those who have the Uber app installed on their phones. Building on an existing feature that offers ride-time estimates and one-tap access to the Uber app from Google Maps directions, Uber users will soon be able to see estimated pickup times and fares for routes plotted in Google Maps.

The Google Maps [Direct Link] update is not yet live, but the company says it will be rolling out in the next few days.

Update November 6 8:24 AM: The update is now live on the App Store.

Top Rated Comments

decimortis Avatar
100 months ago
It's "pretty ironic" how the latest and greatest Iphone(s) king-size were introduced ... after... soo ... longtime after Google.

For that, i m really thankful to have an Android since the beginning :cool:

*looks at join date.

Thanks for stopping by.

D.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keysofanxiety Avatar
100 months ago
It's pretty ironic how the latest and greatest features on Google Maps for iOS were only developed when Apple created their own maps application. For that, if nothing, I'm very thankful for Apple Maps.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kuwxman Avatar
100 months ago
Hopefully never.
:rolleyes: Yes, it is horrible to give the user the option to choose what app they prefer for a particular task. Horrible, I tell ya...
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
batting1000 Avatar
100 months ago
Even iOS users get Android Lolilpop it seems
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Radio Avatar
100 months ago
Love google maps

When will apple ever let us default maps to google maps?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
8281 Avatar
100 months ago
Have to hand it to Google...

They are certainly taking design seriously with Lollipop, and have built an entirely new design formula going forward- "Material Design." Even as a long time Apple user, it looks really good. Apple should be paying attention.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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