On June 28, this year, Google launched the visually redesigned Google Maps founded on focus, elasticity, and effortlessness. The Maps team announced that this week they are implementing more improvements and evolving a few key features.
Perhaps the most notable change is an update to the styling and color of our iconic pins across all Google properties. "This change reflects our interface's recent design evolution, introducing a more harmonious visual relationship between the on-map markers and the map itself," revealed Willem Van Lancker, User Experience & Visual Designer.
"Our on-map controls are also now more visually aligned with the rest of our design system. Together these changes reflect our recent efforts to reduce unnecessary clutter and give greater priority to information on the map," stated Van Lancker.
In the header, also the team introduces more prominent buttons for Directions and My places integrated into an elastic interface that expands and contracts to best fit your browser window size.
Putting all of these changes together you get: