Although it is difficult that you have not realized at this point if you use an Android smartphone, you may…
Although it is difficult that you have not realized at this point if you use an Android smartphone, you may not know that Google is working on renewed design lines -according to the rumors under the name Material Design 2-, which is gradually adapting to its main applications, platforms and services. It all started rounding the icons of launcher as of Android 7.1 , to continue later applications like Chrome , and finally take the step to the operating system itself from Android P. But Google is not going to stop yet.
The last application to go through the hands of the great G to receive a new coat of paint, it is Google Maps , because as we advance from Android Police , Google is testing a new interface with rounded corners and, ultimately, more akin to style lines that seek to standardize with Android 9.0.
Although Google has not officially confirmed its existence, there are several rumors that point to the arrival of this second generation of Material Design style guides, which will probably be introduced by Google during the I / O 2018 to be held beginnings of May.
But before that date arrives, Google is paving the way, testing the new interface that will flood all its services in the not too distant future. The last app to join is Google Maps.
As seen in the above image, the application interface has received a change that, far from being radical, shows some interesting changes. In the first place, the buttons of directions, sound, voice and others, have been unified in a same size and shape -circular, of course-, occupying a smaller space of the main panel.
On the other hand, the upper and lower panels, intended to offer information about the route to the user, also slightly reduce their size, while their corners are slightly rounded. Traveling to the lower panel, in addition, we find a script in the central part of the panel, which indicates to the user the possibility of unfolding it through a sliding up. This is the same resource that Google has used in the panel of quick settings of Android P.
Although at the moment these are all the changes found, does not mean that they will be the only ones we will see in a future edition of Google Maps for Android . As often happens with this kind of tests, at the moment only a small number of users have had access to this new interface. The rest, for now, we will have to wait until the company decides to be ready to make the leap to a new design in its application of maps par excellence.
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