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Google Maps UI is getting a refresh, here's how the new route selection screen will look like

Google Maps UI on mobile may get an update which will bring the different modes of travel option to the bottom screen.

twitter-logoIndia Today Tech | February 4, 2021 | Updated 13:30 IST
Google Maps: Old layout vs New layout. (Image credit: XDA Developers)
Google Maps: Old layout vs New layout. (Image credit: XDA Developers)

Highlights

  • The new UI spotted looks cleaner.
  • Google Maps new UI is under testing at the moment.
  • There's no word when the new change will start rolling out to everyone.

Google Maps is reportedly testing a new refreshed look which feels cleaner than the current one. The new UI change seems to be targeted at the route option screen at the moment. Google Maps hasn't received a major UI change for years, which could be a good starting point. The changes spotted hint that Google Maps will soon replace the top bar that appears on the route selection screen.

According to the new UI spotted, the new route selection screen will have the starting and destination points in the top bar while different modes of travel like a car, public transport, walk, cab, and bike on the bottom screen. The screenshots shared by XDA Developers show the different modes of travel placed as a scrollable list towards the bottom of the display.

As before, there is an option button right next to the current location where users can select to access route options, add a stop, set depart or arrive time, set a reminder to leave or even share directions. The route options offer directions to avoid tolls or ferries or motorways.

At the moment, it may be too early to comment on when Google Maps will roll out the new UI to users. However, considering the testing is going on, we can expect to be available to more Google Maps users in the coming days.

A recent report claimed that Google Maps was also testing a new UI where users could enable split-screen UI for Street View while navigating. The feature was available to some users. However, it won't be coming to India as there's no Street View support.

Google Maps is undoubtedly one of the most vital apps from the Google suite of applications and has millions of users worldwide. One thing that has kept Google Maps above its competition has been the number of features that it offers to its users. Some of the rivals that have been struggling to keep up with Google Maps are Apple Maps, Here, and OpenStreetMap, among others.

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