Google Maps has a fresh coat of paint that makes navigation even easier. The driving, navigation, transit and explore maps now highlight relevant information in a clearer way. For example, gas stations will be better marked for navigation as will train stations for transit and so on. An updated color scheme and new icons will also help users more easily identify points of interest. The earlier version had the same blue icons for stores, cafes, etc. Places like museums, hospitals, churches and cafes will now have specific colors and icons, so finding them will be quicker than before.
If you’re walking around a new city and want to find a coffee shop, you simply need to look for the closest orange icons on your map. As shown above, major categories like Food & Drink now have their own color. Below are examples of specific icons in their respective colors and every colored category now has a host of new icons.
The new changes will appear in the coming weeks in all of Google’s products that utilize Google Maps, including the Assistant, Earth, Search and Android Auto. They will eventually appear in apps and websites that use Google Maps APIs. This will ensure a consistent experience regardless of how you’re using Google Maps.