​Google to Update Basemap Style for Google Maps APIs

Google yesterday announced that it will be updating the Google Maps APIs with a new basemap look and feel that is consistent with the look and feel that is now present across all Google products that incorporate Google Maps.

The updated look and feel was implemented to "improve focus, clarity of information, and readability." Specifically, the new basemap style sports a revised color scheme and typography. A new pin style used to identify points of interest on a map replaces circular icons, and points of interest will have different colors and icons based on their categorization. For example, a Shopping point of interest will have a different color and icon than a Transport point of interest.

Google is transitioning to the new look and feel on an individual API basis over time. It will also give developers the opportunity to opt-out or opt-in for a short period before the new style becomes mandatory.

The first Google Maps APIs to offer the new look are the Google Maps SDK for iOS, the Google Places API for iOS and the Google Maps JavaScript API. The Google Static Maps API, Google Maps Android API and Google Places API for Android will be updated in mid-February, early March and May, respectively.

More information about the updates, including opt-in, is available in the Google Maps APIs documentation.

Be sure to read the next Mapping article: Foursquare Launches Places API for Start-Ups


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