Wednesday , March 21 2018

My Maps gets a Material Design update and becomes much better

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My Maps is pretty cool, allowing users to label and make notes on top of Google Maps. As you can see above, we’ve been using this to create a custom map for our trip to Mobile World Congress next week, and we did most of this with the Android app (though the web interface is rather more useful for some features).  The update, released today, is the app’s first since 2014, and it’s welcome.

The new version is fully compliant with Google’s Material Design conventions, and it looks beautiful. Users can see a list of maps they’ve created, and can create new ones easily. Inside a map, the UI is quite similar to Google Maps, with the editors tools over the top of that to create new places of interest. You can drop pins on the map, or search for locations, to save as your POIs.

Users can also customise whether their maps will use a standard, satellite or terrain basemap, and can group pins according to layers which can themselves be customised too. Maps created using My Maps can be easily shared with others, and using the web tool, advanced features such as planning directions and calculating distance between venues can be added in.

The official changelog for My Maps reads as follows:

Rebuilt from the ground up:

  • Experience the new look and feel
  • Get started with our welcome guide for new users
  • Work faster with improved performance
  • View photos and videos added on web
  • Get directions to saved points
  • Explore Street View imagery for many places

You can grab the new version of My Maps from the Play Store today.

Google My Maps
Google My Maps
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

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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