Google Maps for iOS (Material Design 001)

Keen on deploying Android Lollipop’s Material Design across its mobile apps on all platforms, Google on Wednesday announced a new version of Google Maps for the iPhone and iPad featuring engaging animations, shadows and depth.

The fresh new design is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world, the search firm said.

With Google Maps’ new material feel, layers and buttons “come to life so you know just where to touch to get directions, recommendations and imagery”. The update will be rolling out over the next few days.

Google Maps is available free in the App Store.

The fun new look seems plenty engaging.

Like in iOS 7 and 8, Material Design is all about elegant, smooth animations and UI transitions and real-world shadows that convey a sense of depth.

In the new Google Maps, tap a place’s info sheet at the bottom to see a new layer gliding up to the top, showing you photos, reviews and more. At the same time, the Explore section at the bottom shows you recommendations of new places to dine or visit.

Google Maps for iOS (Info sheet and Explore, Material Design 001)

It’s not just about the whiz bang, the team’s added new features, too.

For example, U.S. users can now make a restaurant reservation right from the app for restaurants found on OpenTable. And if you have the Uber app installed and the service is available in your location (the app is available free in the App Store), Google Maps will now show you estimates for Uber’s pickup time and price for their route in walking and transit directions.

Google Maps for iOS (Uber card, Material Design 001)

There is no doubt that the company is going to deploy Material Design, its new design language for desktop, mobile and the web, across its key iOS apps. The newly released Inbox app from Gmail, for example, is all about Material Design.

Google Maps for iOS (OpenTable reservations, Material Design 001)

Consistency matters and I’m glad that bright minds at Google have at last decided to deploy the same layout, UI effects and navigation across apps and platforms. It makes for a much friendlier and more inviting user experience, don’t you think?

I’m liking Material Design in Google Maps a lot.

How about you?

By the way, a native Google Calendar iPhone app with Material Design is in the works.

[App Store via Google Maps Blog]

  • Rahul Srivastava

    Haha, the app looks better on the iPhone than it looks on Android!

    • Manuel Molina

      From my understanding, Apple has a lot of guidelines for making an app on iOS and before it can be put up. This also goes for updates.

      For android, it’s kind of the same thing but guidelines aren’t as strict. It’s kind of why any app can be an android and some look like 5 year-olds did it.

      • Amit Soni

        Yeah..Thats only making Android look Ugly…
        I used to have Galaxy S then I Switched to iPhone..n its been 3 yrs..i never moved back to android cuz m very happy with my iPhone..
        It is simply beautiful n awesome..

      • Manuel Molina

        I switch back and forth to see what’s new wth Android. Apps aren’t really my importance with iOS or Android, but when I need an App like Chase or Netflix, I can see that a lot of them look pieced together as oppose to iOS. The quality is not as good on Android for a majority of the time.

      • Yermum

        Some look like 5 year olds did it?! You mean 80% of android apps look that way…

    • Mathieu Reid

      Just for information, the app is exactly the same on Android…. The design guidelines come from Material Design (Android).

  • Slifur

    Off topic: but I cant stop laughing at this photo. CNN anchor caught on-air using a Microsoft Surface tablet as an iPad stand Hahahaa!

    • ClaudieX X

      I can’t remember how much time I spend with my iPad using my notebook touchpad sector as a stand…

    • Jason Baroni

      Oh, wait…

    • The iPad can’t stand on it’s own, what’s so funny about it? The fact that he carries both only shows that he has some other stuff on the iPad.

      • Slifur

        Some other stuff? Or all of his stuff? But whatever, her face is so funny that’s why.

      • Disasterpiece

        “The iPad can’t stand on it’s own”… but ppl still buy millions anyway. #MindBlown

      • therealjjohnson

        Or that the news program promotes Microsoft and he was hiding his iPad behind it while on air cause thats what he really uses. Its CNN. They use Microsoft products…publicly at least.

      • Slifur

        Exactly!

      • Cameron

        im pretty sure CNN is being paid to sponsor the Surface judging from the others using it, since ive never seen two person in a row owning a surface.

  • Manor

    Unrelated question: If Google decides to add iOS support for android wear. would you get the moto 360 (or any other smartwatch) over the apple watch?(unrelated to the price of the device)

    • Fanboy 

      Comparing the Moto 360 to the Apple Watch, NO. Go look up some live pictures of the 360 (not just renders) and you’ll see the design is quite hideous. Then comes the functionality. The Apple Watch is already looking to have a great new software tailored just for a smart watch. Meaning you’ll be able to do more with your Apple Watch than simply viewing your notifications. Definitely worth it for the software and features it will have.

      • Manor

        Interesting…What’s your opinion about the LG G Watch R? I think it looks better than the 360, and I agree, I think the apple watch os looks much better than Android Wear.

      • Fanboy 

        To be honest, I have not looked up anything regarding that watch. If I was you, I would consider more the software and features the watch actually provides and leave the look last because lets be honest, all the smart watches right now aren’t looking too pretty. Even the Apple Watch doesn’t have an impressive stunning design but it is definitely wearable, and customizable, and the software totally makes up for it however.

      • Manor

        Here is a picture comparing the G watch R and the Moto 360. Personally I might consider getting the G Watch R if I could get it to run the apple watch OS

      • VladTepes1431

        Its pointless man, idrones dont care about anything other than Apple, you would get downvoted if it was still a thing.
        The iwatch is not even out yet and he talks about software features. You could read info and ask ppl over at xda developers forum about android wearables.

      • Rowan09

        Not true. Some people hear give honest and great opinions. You want him to go to an Android site and ask about an Apple product? From my experience Android users are way more bias than IOS users.

      • VladTepes1431

        LoL, man ! I am a long time idb reader like yourself but never commented just created the account today. You are a biased person too, you claim you own an android device but I dont believe you.
        I am an android device owner since 3-4 weeks ago, I googled how to do stuff and accessed a lot of android blogs, news sites and forums and never saw more bias towords Apple and hatred towords Apple than the comment sections of idb, cnet, engadget, wsj. Android is not only for the “average joe” who barely knows how to use a computer, but for a wide range of users and powerusers -wich form the majority-, who would need a better understanding of geeky stuff and that makes them smart enough to not “diss” you because you use different tech, like you so called apple fans do. I hope you understand my english and what I was trying to say…
        Here is proof of me also being an Apple owner: http://imgur.com/86UkYw5

      • VladTepes1431

        LoL, man ! I am a long time idb reader like yourself but never commented just created the account today. You are a biased person too, you claim you own an android device but I dont believe you.
        I am an android device owner since 3-4 weeks ago, I googled how to do stuff and accessed a lot of android blogs, news sites and forums and never saw more bias towords Apple and hatred towords Apple than the comment sections of idb, cnet, engadget, wsj. Android is not only for the “average joe” who barely knows how to use a computer, but for a wide range of users and powerusers -wich form the majority-, who would need a better understanding of geeky stuff and that makes them smart enough to not “diss” you because you use different tech, like you so called apple fans do. I hope you understand my english and what I was trying to say… they deleted my original post.
        Here is proof of me also being an Apple owner: (http://imgurDOTcom/86UkYw5)

      • J M

        Yes, but where is your proof of being an android user 😉

      • VladTepes1431

        No problem 🙂

      • J M

        Lol, I wasn’t really serious, just joking with you. But good for you!

      • Rowan09

        Dude why the hell would I need to lie about owning 2 Android devices? I only repair phones and owned a repair shop in NJ for 3 years. I have 2 Note 2’s as I’ve said before that my brother found broken and I fixed and kept them. I never comment on anything being bad, etc unless I own the device. I know tons of Android owners who will take time to brag about what they have and what Apple doesn’t have and most Apple owners I’ve experinced just keep to what they like. I own more Android devices than you (6 Fire Tvs, 2 Note 2s, 2 G1s, some Verizon Motorola android and 2 HTC phones for Sprint). Man you got the wrong person my friend, but everyone has their own biases but I don’t argue facts.

      • VladTepes1431

        You just say that to try to exonerate yourself of being biased. Anyone can say anything on the internet, I too have 10 iphones 10 androids and 5 windows phones. The pure reality is you can do more stuff on an android device compared to an ios device thats why ppl brag. Have a nice day It is pointless to continue arguing as I said earlier.

      • Rowan09

        We aren’t arguing because your point is baseless and just a lie on assumptions. I love jailbreaking my device iDevice just like people love rooting Androids so I care less about factory settings.

      • VladTepes1431

        One more thing: on your facebook page you liked 2 or 3 iphone related pages and if you claim you own android stuff and repair phones for a living you should have liked at least 1 android related page, this may confirm what I suspected.

      • Rowan09

        I prefer IOS and that’s no secret. Why would I like an Android Facebook page to prove what? You aren’t bias because you visit idownloadblog? Go and check to see how many posts I’ve made on an Android site bashing an Android device. None

      • Rowan09

        I was wondering what iPhone pages I liked on Facebook and to my laugh it’s my own page from years ago for unlocks. Lol boy oh boy. I don’t just like pages for fun without a reason.

      • Serge Bodin

        What is an droid fanboy doing on an iOS page?

      • VladTepes1431

        I’m not a fanboy of any company. I visit IDB since I got my first 2 idevices in early 2012. I just dont like bias wich I encounter a lot here.

      • Trolling or perhaps they’re just a cross platform user?

      • I actually agree with you here. That LG watch looks great (at least that image looks great I’d have to see it up close and personal to make a proper judgement). If it could run Apple Watch OS or whatever the OS is actually called (does anyone know?) I’d snap it up in a heartbeat…

      • VladTepes1431

        hypothetically speaking if only brands changed, you would still like the Apple 360.

      • Rowan09

        I saw the Moto 360 in Best Buy and it looks like a toy, it makes the original Pebble look like a premium device. I was really surprise as the pictures made it look really nice. It’s really big and the materials look like something you would get from a cereal box. The reviews for the Moto 360 are also not that good as well either.

    • I would! The 360 looks absolutely amazing! I like apple products but the apple watch does nothing for me. Plenty of things better out there for cheaper.

      • When you say “the apple watch does nothing for me” what do you mean by this? This is a very broad statement to make and fanboyism aside everything I’ve seen that the Apple Watch can do is genuinely more advanced and sophisticated than anything Android Wear can do.

      • s0me

        Oh no its you being butthurt again! Tell us… what is more advanced about the Apple Watch compared to the other smartwatches?

      • It isn’t just a notification device. can make purchases using Apple Pay, has a developer kit for developers to make apps, it has internal storage for music and photos etc, should I go on?

      • Guest

        You dont know what you’re talking about… google is your friend.

      • Google is my enemy

  • pauleebe

    Is this handled server side, and an app update will not be issued?

    Speaking of which, the app needs to be updated for iPhone 6/6+ …

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  • Disasterpiece

    am I the only one that thinks material design looks very similar to iOS 7’s flat design?

    • James G

      No, that’s because design language across multiple platforms (Windows, Android, iOS/OS X) is all moving in that direction.

      • Disasterpiece

        Ok. I wasn’t trying to start a flame war, I just noticed they looked very similar. Thanks for the expl

    • Nope, but don’t think iOS 7 was anything original (http://bit ly/1wT7HbX).

      • I just updated another 4S to 8.1 and its pretty snappy I think you should upgrade 🙂

      • Have you jailbroken it? How much RAM is left when you do that?

      • Yes Its jailbroken. No sure about the RAM yet ill let you know in a sec. But I have to admit it is pretty speedy and does not craw as you were expecting.

      • onesimpleclik

        Same. Noticed a slight speed increase on my 4S running iOS8 jailbroken, compared to iOS7 jailbroken.

      • Depends on your definition of the word original? If original means never ever been done before / the first to do something then is anything original?

        Everything is a Remix – youtube[.]com/watch?v=d9ryPC8bxqE

      • Disasterpiece

        Calm down and chive on

      • Posting a link to something that proves iOS 7’s GUI isn’t original sounded harsh toned to you? Wonder what this (http://bit ly/1si5DVX) would sound like.

  • Martin

    Finally, the old look did not fit in with iOS 7-8

  • Omar D. Plumey

    Update not showing up for me…

    • pauleebe

      Same. I’m wondering if it’s somehow serverside, based on the blog post:

      “Over the next few days, when you open up Google Maps on your Android or iPhone, you’ll be greeted by bright colors and a fresh new design.”

    • Mr.DnQ

      Same here, Belgium… No update….

    • coLin

      is it for iOS 8 only?

  • jakeopp

    update not showing up for me, on iPad

  • Just updated, don’t see the material design on my iPhone 4s on iOS 6.1.2…different UI for different OSs, I like that.

  • Yermum

    I wish Google would stop restricting maps to 30fps. The jittering drives me insane.