Google is giving its Google Maps app for Android and iOS a refreshingly new look to celebrate the service’s 15th birthday. The biggest change is the new icon, which now looks more map-oriented as it resembles a pin that would normally be used to mark points on a map. A short video, posted on the Google Maps YouTube channel, documents the icon’s evolution over the past years.
The app’s user interface has been redesigned to make the app easier to use. Users can now see 5 tabs at the bottom of the app: Explore, Commute, Saved, Contribute, and Updates. These features emphasize discovering new places and recommending places, which align with Google’s plans for Google Maps to not only navigate you to your destination but also find new places of interest and rate your interest, eliminating the need for third-party services such as Yelp.
Last year, Google introduced two new features to Google Maps: trip attributes and Live View. When using public transport, users can rate their commute through short surveys. Google then uses those answers to predict conditions for future users.
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The Live View feature integrates with Google Street View to give users an augmented reality view of their position. This might come in handy if you want to know if you’re heading in the right direction but don’t need the full turn-by-turn voice guidance.
This is an ongoing update, and some of these features may only be available in March, according to Gadgets 360. Also, the availability of certain features may be subject to geographic location, meaning some territories might not get full feature support.
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