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Updated basemap style for Google Maps APIs

February 14, 2018
Rose Yao

Director of Product Management, Google Maps APIs

Google Maps APIs will soon be updated with a new look and feel to provide an experience in line with the recent updates to Google Maps. Late last year, we refined the color, typography, and iconography of the Google Maps basemap to improve focus, clarity of information, and readability.

This means that the maps in your products will eventually get an update as well, with stylistic changes such as:

  • New basemap with an updated color scheme and typography
  • An updated pin style marks points of interest on the map in place of the previous circular icons
  • Different colors and icons reflecting categories of points of interest (Food & Drink, Shopping, Transport, etc.)


Existing design


New design

The transition to the new look will happen over time and by individual API, with an opt-in period (defaulting to the previous style) and an opt-out period (defaulting to the new style) before the new style is enforced.

The first APIs to offer the new look are the Google Maps SDK for iOS and the Google Places API for iOS, which we are launching as opt-in today. To get updates on the timelines for each API, star the following issues on the Maps APIs Issue Tracker.

If you experience any issues with the Google Maps APIs new styles please let us know by creating a bug report.

API Estimated opt-in launch Tracking issue
Google Maps SDK for iOS 13 February Issue 72853293
Google Places API for iOS 13 February Issue 72853629
Google Maps JavaScript API 14 February (version 3.32) Issue 72848644
Google Static Maps API Mid February Issue 72852782
Google Maps Android API April Issue 72780606
Google Places API for Android May Issue 72970562

The updated style is already live across all Google products that incorporate Google Maps, including the Assistant, Search and Android Auto. Opt-in to the new style to give your users the same consistent experience no matter how or where they see our maps.

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