Integration with OpenTable and better Uber incorporation is what you’ll find in the new and improved Google Maps if you’re able to take your eyes off its beautiful redesign. This visual makeover has been granted to the app in keeping with Mountain View’s new material design blueprint which is at the heart of Android 5.0 Lollipop.
As a result of this refurbishing, a much flatter look has made its way onto the icons and banners in the app. Material design is also highlighted by its big focus on animations, so we’re guessing lots of new animations too been infused into this release, giving it a more lively feel than before.
But design is not the only focus of this update, even as a few interesting features have also been granted to it by Google. With the new software, it has become awfully easy to make restaurant reservations; at least in the US that is. While searching for eateries, when you’ve zeroed down on a particular restaurant, you can use the app’s OpenTable to book your seats then and there.
Uber has been a part of the Maps app since quite a long time now, and Google has decided to introduce an even deeper integration of the service. Once you’ve chosen your desired route, along with all the usual information that’s provided to you, the app will also let you view available rides that you can haul on the way. This information will come complete with details like pickup time and estimated price.
This Google Maps update applies to both the Android as well as iOS versions of the app. Look for it to arrive on your devices in the days to come.