Google Maps redesign bringing Android style and Uber integration to iPhone and iPad

Google Maps is getting a redesign that will make the app on iPhone and iPad look a lot more like its Android counterpart. The design draws on Google's new "Material Design" language, which pervades the updated Android 5.0 Lollipop, bringing a layout that's flatter and layered, yet with lots of colors. In the case of Google Maps, lots of blue. It's a similar look and feel to the recently-released Inbox by Gmail.

Overall things generally work the same way, but you'll find many more instances of swaths of color. It's very much a new look for Google Maps, and it works well, though there's plenty of empty space to it.

Google Maps is getting new services integrated with the latest update, however. You'll find OpenTable for making restaurant reservations and Uber for calling for a private car to get you from A to B (and we suppose you can use Google Maps to give them back-seat directions too, if you're into that).

The new version of Google Maps is scheduled to hit the App Store in the next few days; once you've got it be sure to let us know what you think!

Source: Google

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • Neat.
  • I can't wait for this update. I use google maps everyday. I wish apple would push this 8.1.1 update out. I'm losing 5% battery an hour on standby on my iPhone 6. It's the buggiest phone I've ever had. : ( Sent from the iMore App
  • I have the same phone and it's good so far. Make sure you close out all you apps sale will keep running location in the background cause the phone battery to drain. I had the same problem till I found the problem was Facebook and Google hangouts. Sent from the iMore App
  • Hopefully it improves gps options.. Sent from the iMore App
  • Completely moved on from Google Maps. Apple Maps seem to always give better directions and any errors are quickly fixed.
  • Totally disagree. Although Apple maps has gotten better, still does not compare in many ways imo. I'm assuming this update will be optimized for both iPhone 6s right? Sent from the iMore App
  • Yes, make it horribly ugly. That's exactly what I want.
  • Looks like they are burying the lede.... Their screenshots show iPhone 6 and 6+ compatibility, finally...
  • Google asks devs to use their design for Android but doesn't follow Apples request for similar behaviour.
  • Yeah, we all read Daring Fireball too.
  • Even Apple doesn't follow their own guidelines, whats your point?