Numerous new features have been added to Google Maps, including transit filters, improved navigation details, and Immersive View for routes. A new color scheme has been added, enhancing the app’s visual improvements. The parks and natural areas are colored in a lighter shade of green on the updated Google Maps, which makes for a visually appealing contrast with the roads, which are colored gray instead of off-white. This color combination makes it possible to use white for street crossings, which improves visibility even at higher magnifications.
The new color scheme in the redesigned navigation app makes dashed line paths on nature trails less noticeable. Structures and buildings continue to be distinguished by color, showing up as light yellow or gray depending on their importance.
In order to maintain theme consistency with roads, the updated Google Maps displays freeways in a much darker gray with faint blue undertones. This is a noticeable change from the common tan hue, but it melds in perfectly with the water, taking on a paler blue tint. Furthermore, the less yellow used means that orange pins—which stand for restaurants—stand out more.
The interface now feels more alive thanks to the overall improvements, which are very noticeable. The changes to the color scheme, especially the contrast, offer a novel viewpoint. Although these updates improve the user experience, given how competitive the mapping application market is, comparisons with Apple Maps are unavoidable.
Google Maps Color Palette Availability
The upcoming “updated colors throughout the map” were first announced by Google in October, and testing was set to start in August. The new palette has been available to some users for a few weeks, but a wider rollout is currently underway for iOS and Android. To get the new colors to load if you haven’t received the update yet, try forcing Google Maps to stop or shut down while it’s multitasking. Currently, the web version does not display the new color scheme.