Google Maps Turns 15 With New Icon and New Features
by Alex Hickey
Tomorrow night Google Maps will celebrate 15 years of helping roadtrippers find their way to the nearest public bathroom.
Google is marking the occasion with a fresh new icon and fancy features, including:
Prime in-app real estate for your saved locations (more than 6.5 billion have been staked out already)
A curated feed by local experts and foodies showing users what’s #trending
More opportunities for crowdsourced information, including how accessible and sweaty that subway ride will be
Google Maps made some other big changes in recent months, including adding Incognito Mode (after the app received flak for storing and sharing user data) and finally bringing over one of the most popular features from Google’s other navigation app Waze: highlighting speed traps.
Bottom line: Finding a paper map in your grandparents’ Mercury sedan is like pulling out a 20th century Rosetta stone. Mobile apps like Google’s have helped billions of people travel more efficiently.
+ While we’re here: Google unveiled Street View in 2007 and put in 110% effort making sure every nook and cranny on Earth made it in there.