New Google Maps Widely Available on Android and iOS

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In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Maps, Google announced a major update for Google Maps a few days ago. This new update brings a significant design change in the app. The new app comes with a brand new icon as well as a notable change in the maps interface.

In addition to that,  Google improved the navigation experience related to commuting by adding more information about trains and buses, and it also added a new feature to its Live View mode to better help users find their destinations while walking. At the initial stage, Google said that it will roll out the updated Maps gradually. And now, the company has rolled out it widely to all users.

Some Android and iPhone users may have received an update prompt a few days ago, but that Google Maps installation only deployed the new app icon. The updated interface, which now contains five tabs instead of three, should now be available to all users 9to5Google reports, and I can already verify that the iOS redesign has indeed arrived on my iPhone.

With the new Maps, you’ll be able to explore the new Saved, Contribute, and Updates tabs that join the Explore and Commute menus that were already there. Explore will let you find notable attractions around you, while the Commute tab is where you can set up your regular commutes. Depending on your region, the Commute tabs might include details like temperature, accessibility, and security for certain rides, although not all commute options will be covered initially.

The new version of Google Maps has been rolled out via a server-side update, which means you should see the new UI inside Maps as long as you have Maps version 10.43.3 installed. In other words, you don’t need to wait for an app update via the iOS App Store or Google Play store in order to get the new UI. However, you can update the app for smoother functioning.

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