Google Maps To Get A Major Design Overhaul

google-maps-iphone-iconAlex Chitu reports Google is testing a new Google Maps interface, possibly to be launched next week at Google I/O.

The new interface is a complete and major overhaul of the current Google Maps user interface. The design and interface changes touch everything from the map colors, icons and text formats to dropping the navigation elements on the left hand side and adding in Google+ integration.

For example, you can filter local search results specifically to friends in your Google+ circles. The navigation seems to have been moved to button like methods, similar to how mobile apps work, with ad overlays hovering below the navigation menus.

Here are screen shots from Alex:



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  • JLishere

    I am extremely skeptical about this. The Seattle screenshot above is almost exactly identical to Apple Maps: the local labels, fonts, colors and icons for parks, hotels and schools are those of Apple.

  • Andy Kinsey

    I too am unsure of the truth in this. Its about time it had an interface update, and maybe IO will be the stage for that but i dont see them trying to make the maps look like Apple maps as this picture shows…

  • Andrew Sawyer

    I like the new UI look and cleaner map formatting. What I notice is the font/type for the city place names is different. The POI icons have a circle around them. One big change is the lack of Yellow coloring for arterial roads and instead they’re shown as wider roads with a white color.

  • Poul

    Are you joking, right? Did you ever sean how crap looks Apple’s maps?! I don’t think so, because this looks nothing like Apple’s maps.

    This Google new Maps is beautifully and fresh flat design. Millions times better than crap apple’s maps.

  • Joe Restivo

    I agree… This doesn’t really look like Apple Maps… If anything I’d say they stole some design ideas for the MapQuest App….. Which I’m a fan of, so I’m looking forward to this being rolled out!

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