Is Google Maps getting a UI update?

May 7, 2013

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Everyone’s favorite ‘find everything’ utility, Google Maps, may have found itself a face-lift. If the news from an unofficial Google news site is right, we’ll be seeing the new interface at some point. When that could be isn’t clear, but with I/O next week, it could be pretty soon.

What’s new? We can’t really say ‘new’, but there is a nice polish to the alleged new interface. Rather than a search bar at the top, and a sidebar to the left, Maps would now be full screen. There will be a floating search bar, but the map itself is full screen. It looks as though it relies on drop-down findings from the search bar, in a richer looking format.

Full screen and drop-down findings are nice, but what is of perhaps more interest is Google’s styling. Google is fond of keeping their sites and services pretty uniform in design, so we have to wonder if this is a tip of the hat to further reaching changes afoot. If it is, we like what we’re seeing with Maps. This is for the desktop version, so we also have to wonder if the mobile app will get a new look as well.

A few shots are below. Again, none of this is official, but those shots look pretty legitimate to us. If they are fake, the culprit was smart enough to add a “Welcome to the new Google Maps” box in the upper right. Besides, who would want to fake a Google Maps UI update?

Are you buying it? What do you think? Tell us in the comments section!

Thanks, Brent!

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Comments

  • http://profiles.google.com/rainorsergio Sergio Dutra

    We need a real offline Google Maps, like Nokia Maps (Here), with navigation and search even without data traffic.

    • Sean Bunquin

      yup it’s one of the things I miss about a Nokia

      • Jo Co

        Maps with me pro works pretty well…

        • http://profiles.google.com/rainorsergio Sergio Dutra

          Maps with me is not a navigator, is only a map.

      • http://profiles.google.com/rainorsergio Sergio Dutra

        I always carry a Nokia with me (and my android too, of course) when traveling.

    • AndroidShiz

      Been able to download what you need offline in GMaps for over a year now on your phone. At least my Nexus does so I assume all the lesser skinned Androids can as well.

      • http://twitter.com/site666info android underground

        No good for long trips. The downloadable area is too small, the max. number of areas not enough. And you still can’t calculate routes offline.

        • KyawGyiKwa

          Let me get this straight, you have such a long trip that the downloadable area’s are not enough but along that trip you don’t have cell service to get a connection? Additionally, if you have cell service at the beginning of a route it calculates the navi route offline for the ENTIRE trip, so you can put your phone in airplane mode right after you calculate. You are just a big complainer with no knowledge.

          • Emma

            Well if you live in Europe you often don’t have data service when you’re abroad. It’s to expensive so I would also like to calculate routes offline

          • Paul Taylor

            I guess android underground (andy?) has a cell service but would have to pay for roaming and doesn’t want to do that just to use Google Maps.

          • http://profiles.google.com/rainorsergio Sergio Dutra

            You don’t know nothing Jon S….ups. Entire trip?! Oh, and if there is a blocked road or street? ” You are just a big fanboy with no knowledge”.

        • KyawGyiKwa

          Let me get this straight, you have such a long trip that the downloadable area’s are not enough but along that trip you don’t have cell service to get a connection? Additionally, if you have cell service at the beginning of a route it calculates the navi route offline for the ENTIRE trip, so you can put your phone in airplane mode right after you calculate. You are just a big complainer with no knowledge.

  • Paul Taylor

    “Rather than a search bar at the top, and a sidebar to the left…” Google Maps looks nothing like that on my Nexus 4.

    • Freddie Babord

      They were talking primerily about the desktop google maps interface…

      • Paul Taylor

        Ah okay… being “Android Authority” I naturally assumed they were talking about the Android app.

        • http://twitter.com/kinderdm David Kinder

          I agree, was also confused till I looked at the screenshot.