Announced yesterday, a much-improved Google Maps for the iPhone and iPad featuring Material Design appearance, OpenTable reservations, Uber integration and more is now rolling out in App Stores worldwide.
Featuring engaging animations, shadows and depth — courtesy of Google’s newly-found design language for desktop, mobile and the web — Google Maps 4.0 promises to be the funnest version of the app to date.
The search giant says the layers and buttons “come to life so you know just where to touch to get directions, recommendations and imagery.”
Download the app now, give it a whirl and tell us how you liked it in comments.
U.S. users will love the ability to make a restaurant reservation, right from the app, for restaurants found on OpenTable. And if you have Uber installed and the service is available in your location, Google Maps will show you estimates for Uber’s pickup time and price for their route in both walking and transit directions.
You should also appreciate visual changes in both the Info sheet and the Explore section, with Explore at the bottom now showing you recommendations of new places to dine or visit.
Check out the old (left) vs. new (right) app icon comparison.
Google Maps 4.0 changelog
- New Material Design brings bold graphics, fluid motion, and tactile surfaces
- Make a restaurant reservation right from the app (U.S. only)
- See estimated wait time and cost of taking an Uber, if you have the app installed
- Optimized for iOS 8
- Bug fixes