TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Avid Google Maps users may have noticed something different on the platform lately.
Users will notice a new color scheme across the map, in both the desktop and mobile versions of the app.
The biggest change users will notice is that the streets are no longer white and yellow. The streets now appear in different shades of gray.
Parks and other wooded areas feature a slightly different shade of green, while buildings continue to be gray and yellow.
The change was subtly announced in October, with the changes becoming widespread in recent days.
Some users of X, formerly known as Twitter, noticed the change last week. Not everyone is thrilled.
“Why did Google Maps change its colors?” wrote one user.
Another wrote: “Why the hell did Google Maps change the colors in the app???”
Another user called the color choice “interesting.”
Another user complained about the bright colors and low contrast.
But not everyone hates the new colors.
“Okay, but I kind of like the new Google Maps colors,” one user shared.
“The new Google Maps colors are very nice to look at,” wrote another.
9to5Google shared some side-by-side photos Shows the old colors compared to the new colors.
Google also said buildings will be more realistic so users can better navigate the environment.
“And on highways, where the most difficult driving maneuvers often occur (like that pesky exit where you have to quickly cross multiple lanes), you’ll see some improved lane detail to help you feel more prepared,” Google said.
Google Maps has also added new information about electric vehicle charging stations, better search features and what it calls:Immersive view for routes“, which was announced back in May for select major cities and shows the route in a multi-dimensional view over satellite images.
And for those users who don’t like the colors, they currently exist There is no way to go back to the old color scheme. But that doesn’t mean it will always be like this.