Google Maps is the latest Google app to receive a makeover. The company announced today that a significant update will be rolling out soon on the App Store.
Most importantly, the update will bring a revamped look. Much like the invite-only Inbox app and the Calendar app that will eventually make its way to iOS, Google Maps will offers brighter colors and a different feel.
Here’s more from a Google blog post:
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.
When tapping on a place’s info sheet at the bottom of the screen, a new info layer will appear showing photos, reviews, and more.
In the U.S., users will be able to reserve a table from the app thanks to integration with OpenTable.
And if you’re looking to catch a ride to your final destination, the app will now show estimates for Uber’s pickup time and price for the route. You’ll need to have the Uber app installed on your iOS device to see that information.
Google Maps is a universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini. It can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. We will let you know when the update goes live.
The so-called “material” design is definitely interesting. I’ve used Inbox for a few weeks, but it has taken me some time to get used to.
For other app news today, see: Oyster e-reading subscription service now features Spotify-like book lists, Viddy set to shut down as developer Supernova seeks to redefine youth entertainment, and Electronic Arts’ Real Racing 3 updated with new cars from Maserati and Ferrari.