Google Maps Introduces a New Clean View and “Areas of Interest” Feature
With its latest update, Google Maps makes it easier for you to navigate and lets you find nearby areas to do.
In an effort to make its maps cleaner and easier to read, Google is removing all visual elements that are not absolutely necessary. This means you no longer see the road outlines, the text will stand out and be more readable, and they work with the new color scheme (you can see the difference in the image above). The new colors should also make it easier to distinguish between man-made and natural objects, as well as quickly identify important structures such as hospitals and schools.
This update also introduces “Areas of Interest” to help you find activities around you just by looking at the map. These orange shaded areas on the map represent common hotspots where you can zoom in and learn more about the area. These areas are defined by an algorithmic process that searches for the highest concentration of establishments, restaurants, bars and shops. Sounds like a nice feature if you are new to the field and looking for something interesting. These updates are expected to appear on all versions of Google Maps within the next few days.
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