Google Maps gets Material You bottom bar redesign
Recent Material Your deployments have mostly focused on introducing new widgets, like suggested files from Drive, or updated widgets, like shapes for photos. That said, some apps haven’t been redesigned yet, but Google Maps now has a Material You bottom bar.
Now in Google Maps pill-shaped highlights are used to note which tab you are currently viewing, but the bottom bar doesn’t look as high as other implementations and is closer to the post-version change in Gmail . Meanwhile, Dynamic Color is not yet tapped, with a blue tint being used instead. As with past redesigns, this should change over the next few days / weeks.
Another recent material that you tweaked changed the navigation FAB to a rounded square compared to the regular circle, although the locate button remains unchanged. This was done via a server side update a few days ago. Meanwhile, Maps for Android has a pill-shaped search box.
Other tweaks could switch the suggestion carousel to use squarer bullets, like in Assistant, while various menus and features should see better spacing. A more unifying change would be the Dynamic Color theme throughout.
The biggest part of the application is, of course, the map layer. It’s unclear how this realistic interpretation of the world could be altered to be more Material You while preserving the density of information.
The Material You bottom bar of Google Maps for Android is now widely available.
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