Let’s face it, loads of us would actually be misplaced with out Google Maps. It not solely helps with instructions, but additionally with selecting one of the best mode of transportation by displaying their ETAs in a neat row. This would possibly change, although, as Google is testing a brand new UI that appears cleaner however just isn’t essentially as intuitive as earlier than.

Noticed by XDA Builders, the brand new interface eliminates the cluttered panel on the prime and replaces it with a floating bar that features fields for the place to begin and the vacation spot. The varied modes of transportation — driving, strolling, biking, and public transportation — now relaxation in a scrollable record of playing cards on the backside of the show. As seen within the screenshots beneath, the interface additionally brings the “Depart at” choice out of the overflow menu and to the record on the backside.

Left: New Google Maps Route UI. Proper: Current.

Whereas I contend that the brand new UI does lend a cleaner look, it does make it tough to check ETAs amongst totally different modes of transportation. Customers must scroll by means of a listing to get the identical info that was seen with a single look earlier than.

The excellent news is that this transformation is not written in stone but — it appears to be an A/B take a look at. We’ll keep watch over this and see if Google decides to alter its thoughts down the road.

Google Maps - Navigate & Explore
Google Maps - Navigate & Explore