Google Maps: The Best Way to Get Around the World
Google Maps has a new way to navigate the world, with the launch of a new app that lets you walk around in a more human-like fashion.
With the new navigation feature, Google Maps is showing you the entire map in a new color, instead of the familiar red.
The new map will be coming to all Android devices in the next few weeks.
“The color palette was something that we wanted to bring to Android in a way that’s appealing to people,” Google Maps lead engineer Michael Haffner told Polygon.
“There’s a lot of red in the world and a lot to explore and people want to see all of that, and the new map can do that for them.
We just wanted to take that opportunity and make it feel like the world as a whole.”
To make the navigation experience more appealing, Google has added two new color-coded segments for the navigation buttons.
The first is a darker green.
The second is a lighter blue.
“We want to take it a step further than just showing the map, we want to show the world in a completely different way,” Haff, the app lead, said.
“You can walk around, you can turn around and go, ‘Oh yeah, there’s this restaurant next to me,’ and that’s not the case on other maps, it’s just not how you see the world.
The more you walk, the more you see, and that really resonates with people.”
You can now also navigate around using the new color scheme with just two taps.
“A lot of the times, when you’re driving and you see this sign or this building, you don’t think, ‘That’s a real building,’ but you actually look at it and it’s really beautiful,” Hattner said.
The other big change for the map is that it has a “navigate to” option, which will let you go to any of the city’s various districts.
“It’s a great way to explore the city and discover things,” Hassner said of the new feature.
The app also lets you zoom in on a specific street and you can tap it to see what it looks like in real time.
Google says that it is planning to add more color variations in the future.
“If we get enough feedback from the user community, we’ll probably look at more color options in the near future,” Häffner said about the navigation options.