Google Maps is coming out with updates for mobile apps, in anticipation for the Android Lollipop set rolling soon now. The Material Design and Uber integration have been the latest update. An announcement from a Google representative states that Google Maps will be rolling out new design language, which would evoke the feeling of real pieces of paper moving on top of one another with the fluid animations and bolder colors. The blogpost by Google Maps UX designer Evelyn Kim stated that it would roll out in the next few days.
Kim stated in the blog post that, “Bold colors and textures are in – and Google Maps is on trend, with a slick new style to make traveling with Maps even easier. 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.” New locations can be explored from the app, as there will be an ‘info sheet’ on screen. Kim stated that in such a new trend of Material Design, the info sheet design will show users photos and reviews of that particular place.
There are however not many new features apart from the major design changes, Google states. Feature-wise, Google Maps has not added much. The post also states that, on a cool winter day, a chilly walk or train ride may not always be the most appealing choice. Google seems to have much of though in here. Hence for travellers to decide whether they should take an Uber through the weather, Uber’s estimated pick-up time will also be stated on the app. OpenTable will be available only for American users. It is an app to check the availability of tables at restaurants and also book tables.