Since every app is getting an update, Google maps thought why it should stay regular?
Google Maps is getting a new design so that users can easily distinguish between natural features in the environment in a lot more detail. This way, you can easily spot mountainous ice caps, beaches, deserts, dense forest, etc. The company has acknowledged that the redesigned map can be available in approximately 220 countries and territories that Google Maps currently supports. In addition, Google has said that it’s working towards making natural features and the street maps even more detailed – but this is only possible for certain cities right now.
The satellite imagery has been used to make this redesign possible as per the sources. Furthermore, Google has admitted that a new color-mapping algorithm technique has been applied. The result is fantastic as it shows clear differences between the various natural features. Now you can highlight the snowy peaks of a mountain and overly dense forests as well as the sandy beaches.
Source: The Verge
As far as the street maps are concerned, Google maps is leveling up and making them more detailed. Previously, users were able to see the streets of different cities, but now they can even identify whether the streets have crosswalks, sidewalks, and pedestrian islands, etc. In fact, the new design will even showcase the width and shape of the roads.
Google isn’t the only company that is trying to make navigation simpler and more accurate. Apple released an updated design last year for its Maps app, which shows an improved version that gives more details about cities and towns.
This detailed version of maps will be rolled out at the beginning of the week. All you need to do is zoom out and view the difference. The street designs will be updated and released in the coming months. For now, only the streets of San Francisco, New York, and London are getting updated but soon more cities will be added.