Sunday , June 24 2018

Google Maps gets the Material Design treatment

maps-materialGoogle has announced (and released!) the Material Design update for Google Maps, and it’s pretty.

There’s not much to say — just look at the gorgeous layout of the new app in the picture above. You’ll see changes in the way the info sheet shows for local businesses and other places on Maps, and our friends in the US now have direct integration with OpenTable to book restaurant tables from within Maps itself. Uber Integration has also been improved, though I’ve had mixed results with this — it works sometimes, and not others.

While the functional changes are minimal, the design changes are significant, and it just brings one more app up to speed with the latest (and arguably most delicious) design.

You can grab the updated Maps APK here directly (thanks to APK Mirror), or you can wait for it to be pushed out to your device in the next week or so.

Source: Google Lat Long Blog.
Via: Android Police.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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I’m sorry, but under what stretch of the imagination is that ‘gorgeous’? Screen sizes go up, resolution goes up, and what do we get? Horrific wastes of space such that three, count them three, options appear on a fullHD screen. In Fisher Price colours. And if you want to compare different modes of transport – taking the car vs taking the train say, well THAT requires a different tab. Or maybe an info panel so devoid of actual info that it could be encapsulated in three lines of text. No ‘opening times’ or ‘costs’; you know, actually useful info. Or… Read more »

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