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