From Mountain View they redo Google Maps: a real restyling, so many changes, it’s hard to recognize it.

She came of age a while ago, next year she will reach the prestigious milestone of 20 years of life. Honorable life. A lot has passed since February 8, 2005, when Mountain View simply decided to change her story by rewriting it.

Google Maps, 19 years old and not hearing them – Sjbeez

This is what Google Maps did in its first (almost) twenty years: looking back, one almost forgets that its concept was to allow the search and display of maps of the whole world.

Gradually it became accessible from a website or mobile app, but over the years it lost its primordial function of showing only and exclusively those iconic maps obtained with a variant of the Mercator projection, now Google Maps is the inseparable assistant travel, which lets you choose the best route, avoid traffic, help you refuel. And so on.

The redesign of Google Maps includes new buttons, different positions and directions

Google Maps has been improved year after year, so many positive changes, it is almost unrecognizable if it were not for its interface, essentially unchanged in recent years. It’s time to redo her makeup. A real restyling.

Restyling Google Maps, you will almost not recognize it – Sjbeez

Google has chosen the path of significant redesign in all key areas, including when searching for directions. The new design features close and share buttons in the top right corner. Another change concerns the mode: the locations are no longer full screen but reveal part of the background of the map above.

A different approach to preserving its context. But the biggest news is elsewhere. Google has almost decided to overturn the best app for travelers with a renewed experience for searching for directions. The renewed interface no longer goes from edge to edge in its upper part, but is used for entering addresses, making the display more specific and less cluttered.

The carousel of different transport methods has been moved to the bottom, with the visible consequence of a significant improvement in reachability on mobile devices. By swiping up, Google Maps loses the experience of a full-screen user interface: what benefits is the display of a map with multiple navigation methods, including for public transport.