Google Begins Limited Testing Of Maps Redesign

Google appears to now be performing tests of its new Material Theme design language in Google Maps, following the reveal of the planned redesign at this year's I/O 2018 event, but users shouldn't expect to see the new interface anytime soon. This appears to be a strictly limited experimental test to gauge use of both the current and upcoming app designs. With that said, the changes do seem to match up fairly well with those seen at the aforementioned event. So, if and when it does roll out, users can expect a much more refined and easy to use Maps experience.

For starters, the new design seems to do away with the previously implemented full-screen location information page. That's the page which appears when a Google Maps user selects a location and then swipes up for more information, directions, and pertinent business facts - such as hours of operation and a phone number. For the new interface, that's been replaced by one of Google's card-based elements, with more pronounced rounded corners than those used in the original Material Design. On that card, the location name is printed out in a bold variation of Google's new Google Sans font. That's followed by a star rating where applicable as well as travel time via the user's chosen default travel method and what type of location it is. For example, if a user travels by car and has selected a city park, the location will show as a park with the current estimated drive time. The top half of the card is filled with a representative image or images of the location, while hours of operation or availability are listed below the other data. Pill-shaped icons allow users to get start navigation with directions, call the establishment or other location, or share the location with others.

It bears repeating that this Google Maps update is not, as of this writing, available to the more general user base since it appears to only be undergoing preliminary testing. That means there's currently no way to know for sure when it will become available. What's more, Google could decide to implement further changes in-between this test and final product release. So the description and images included below may no longer be accurate when it does get launched for everybody.

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