Google Maps is getting a new look soon that makes it easier to find venues around you. The new design will be rolling out “over the next few weeks” and will appear on Google Maps’ website and apps, as well as third-party services that use Google Maps.
With the update, Google Maps will subtly change based on what you’re doing. If you’re using navigation, for example, the app will highlight locations you’re more likely to need while driving, like gas stations. Likewise, if you’re looking at transit directions, Maps will point to bus stops and public transportation stops.
Google is also updating the colour scheme it uses to identify business locations on the map, to make it easier to find specific types of venues. With the update, the type of business will determine the colour of its icon on the map.
Restaurants and other venues that fall into the “Food & Drink” category will be orange, while “shopping” will be blue, and “Entertainment/Leisure” will be teal.
It may sound like a small change, but Google says these visual cues will make it easier and faster to find places when you’re in an unfamiliar area. These changes to the Maps feature will also be rolled out to the other apps that incorporate Google Maps information, like Assistant, Search, Earth and Android Auto. The changes also will be incorporated into the apps, websites, and products that other companies have built using Google Maps APIs, the company said.