Google Maps turns 15 years old and Google has issued a new update to coincide with the celebrations, the update features a new look for Maps. The app currently has three tabs, Explore, Commute and For You.
The new update will add Saved, Contribute, and Updates tabs. The “Saved” tab collects all of the places you have saved in Google Maps in one place including the ability to find and organising new places.
The “Contribute” tab will allow users to notify Google about new details that they think should be added to Maps like new businesses, photos, and reviews.
Other changes give users more information about city-specific locations such as local restaurants, businesses, and attractions. Google Maps also highlights tourist hot spots and city landmarks worth visiting.
Google notes that the update also brings a ”new Google Maps icon that reflects the evolution we’ve made mapping the world. It’s based on a key part of Google Maps since the very beginning—the pin— and represents the shift we’ve made from getting you to your destination to also helping you discover new places and experiences.”
“And because we can’t resist a good birthday celebration, keep an eye out for our celebratory party-themed car icon, available for a limited time when you navigate with Google Maps.”
“When we set out to map the world, we knew it would be a challenge. But 15 years in, I’m still in awe of what a gargantuan task it is. It requires building and curating an understanding of everything there is to know about the physical world, and then bringing that information to people in a way that helps you navigate, explore and get things done in your world. The real world is infinitely detailed and always changing, so our work of reflecting it back to you is never done.”
The update is slowly rolling out for iOS and Android users.