Google Maps is getting a fresher, cleaner user interface

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The bright new look, unveiled on Wednesday, is supposed to reflect "your world, right now", according to Liz Hunt, product manager of Google Maps.

Of course, Google Maps will still have the explore option that shows all points of interest within the area you're looking at. For instance, when in Transit mode, as determined by the bottom bar, train stations and bus stops will be more prominent.

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These design changes are rolling out to Google Maps now.

It's nearly hard to imagine these days how we've managed to survive the past decades without Google Maps and related services like Waze. The colour scheme of the navigation platform has been updated too and Google has provided a list of images with icons and colour combinations to make users familiar with the new changes.

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Locations such as cafes, churches, museums, and hospitals will have their own individual color and icon. Each place will have a designated color and icon: orange for food and drink, for example, green for outdoor venues, and purple for services like banks and hotels.

All Google devices that use Maps will be getting the update "over the next few weeks", including the Assistant, search, Google Earth, and Android Auto. Google Maps will now show new updates happening around a user including closing of a road, opening and closing time of a business and local events.

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