If you have used Google Maps the last day or two and things look different, you aren’t imagining things. The Maps team has been rolling out a significant update behind-the-scenes for the app for Android and the web that has a much improved color pallet and new highlight areas of interest on the maps. The good thing is this update is all happening on Google’s end. There is no app to update on your side. As the improved maps roll out to all users, you will just see it on your account.
The biggest change is really around the color pallet and the removal of things like black lines around roads. This makes viewing maps much easier and cleaner than the old maps.
The world is full of information, which means highlighting necessary info on the map without overcrowding it is a balancing act. So as part of this update, we’ve removed elements that aren’t absolutely required (like road outlines). The result is a cleaner look that makes it easier to see helpful and actionable information like traffic and transit. And we’ve improved the typography of street names, points of interest, transit stations, and more to make them more distinguishable from other things on the map, helping you navigate the world with fewer distractions.
In a practical sense, this means that viewing Google Maps will be easier on a lot of levels: clearer text, less clutter and easier identification.