Google has unveiled a completely new Maps app for Android, iOS and the web. The new version of the app has a completely redesigned interface. Google has opted for a cleaner interface with more emphasis on the map itself, with the only other feature on the screen by default being a search bar.
Google has also introduced a new five-star review system for places in Google Maps. This will allow anyone who has been to a location to review it and give it a rating out of five stars. There will also be professional reviews from Zagat, but users can leave their own impressions about, for example, a new eating joint.
Google's new completely overhauled Maps UI
Navigation and directions are also getting revamped. Real-time incident alerts are also coming soon, so you can be alerted when something untoward happens on your route.
The new Maps will also presumably use Google’s newly-introduced Maps APIs. These APIs bring a number of features including improved Location APIs. Google will also be able to better tell what mode of transportation someone is using – whether they are walking, riding a car or riding a bicycle.
Information about the new interface for Maps was revealed earlier today thanks to leaks. The sign-up page for “the new Google Maps” went live briefly before being pulled down today. The new page showed a slew of new features we can expect to see soon when the new Maps service goes live.
The company has also announced that North Korea is now the latest country to be mapped by it. This marks fifty countries around the world that now have Google Street View.