Google Maps is Testing New UI Changes on Android

| Updated on 7 May 2024

Google Maps has been the same for many years and now it’s time for some UI changes for the better. Google has been testing new UI changes on the Android app for quite a while but now, 9to5Google has seen some actual redesign of the Android app. 

Now, Google Maps is rolling out with some noticeable refinements to the UI. In the redesign, they got rid of multiple Fullscreen UIs in favor of sheets that preserve background space. And when it comes to in-app navigation, it takes inspiration from Apple Maps by emphasizing the map layer throughout the app. 

To close these sheets, users now have the option of a close button at the top right corner. The new sheets also have much-rounded corners and look like something is floating over the map area. 

Google Map Redesign

Sheets are much cleaner and you get to see a little bit more information on the screen than before. 

When you are searching for directions in the app, the option for the drive, public transit, walking, ride-hailing and cycling has been moved to the bottom to improve reachability for most people. 

This update is still in the testing phase and may be available for a limited number of users. Go ahead and update your device to check if you’ve got the update. Google will roll out the update for the wider public once they are confident that there are no bugs in it. 

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