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.

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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