Google Maps has been blessed with a visual overhaul which stays true to the company’s new design standard that goes by the name, Material Design. This provides the app with flat and shadowy graphics as well as lively animations. Moreover, a couple of other new and useful features have made their way into it as well.
Back in June, when Material Design was first unveiled by Google at its annual I/O developers conference, it was revealed by the search giant that this new blueprint will be applied to all its mobile software products in the months to come. This design standard also happens to be the main ingredient in what makes Android 5.0 Lollipop so visually stunning.
With Maps now under its purview, Material Design will continue to spread to more Google apps in the weeks to come. The updated utility has also been blessed with OpenTable integration for those residing in the US. This feature allows you to make dinner reservations right through the app so you don’t have to wait in line when you arrive at your favorite restaurant. With deeper Uber integration, the new version of Maps lets you see statistics like estimated pickup time and price for your routes.
These new features apply to both the Android as well as iOS versions of the app. The respective utilities are supposed to receive their updates in the coming days, so stay tuned for them.
Apart from Google Maps, the company’s other much used app, Calendar also received a Material Design makeover recently. And moreover, it even got blessed with a bevy of new features aimed at automating the experience of its users.