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Google shows off the new Material design in Google Maps for Android, with some awesome new features

New Google Maps

Google is in the process of converting all of its core apps to the new material design, and Google Maps looks like it is next on the list. In a new blog post, Google has taken the wraps off exactly what this will look like for most people’s favorite mapping software: namely, “bold colors and textures.”

Google says that the updated look is “all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world.” Places will now feature info sheets at the bottom of the screen, with info layers that glide up to the top to give users photos, reviews, and more. A new “more to Explore” option will also start appearing on maps, giving users the ability to search for new restaurants or other attractions.

Perhaps even more exciting is integration with OpenTable, which will allow users to make last minute dinner reservations directly in the Maps app, along with integrated Uber support.

The update will roll out over the next few days for both Android and iOS devices. Overall, it looks like an awesome update, and I can’t wait to try it out myself.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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