To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Google Maps, Google Maps App announced the launch of its new look and functions in the beginning of last year. In addition to the launch of five tabs including Explore, Commute, Saved, Contribute and Updates, there are also some new updates on public transportation. Beside the existing crowdedness predictions, features like Women’s Section, car temperature and barrier-free facilities are also expected to be launched.
As for Google Maps Platform, it released major updates in June last year, including new Maps customization features, a collection of the best maps, routes and places information, and also Local Context that can show accurate details for nearby places, making it easier for developers to build contextual experiences that are beyond users’ expectation.
Highlights and Summary
- The map team has become more specialized in optimizing API functions after years of experience. To accelerate and simplify the integration of map APIs for developers, the team also put more effort on open-source development
- Google Maps launches solutions suitable for different industries. For example, the local context function is the combination and optimization of the three functions that consumers used the most, including navigation, store information search and dynamic map. The function provides consumers with a familiar user interface which lowers the cost of connecting multiple APIs for real estate agencies and the tourism industry.
Powering contextual experiences
The Google Maps Platform is currently expanding its product functions in order to enable developers to deliver more contextualized experiences to their customers. First, based on the feedback , Google Maps Platform will import new map customization features ; It not only allows enterprises to manage their map styles from the cloud, but also provides your end users with richer context on your maps. In combination, developers can have better control over the number and types of POI shown displayed on the map; have more flexibility to update the map without code changes; maps can also be updated in real-time across all platforms and devices.
Google Maps Platform also collected the best maps, routes and places information, creating a simple method to add Google’s rich local information to your map. Therefore, developers can help their customers in the process of deciding the hotel to book and homes to visit confidently. Local context is a “one-stop” experience that enables developers to display accurate details for nearby locations so that users can check rating , reviews, photos and routes without leaving their apps or websites. In addition, developers can also customize it to meet your business needs and brand.
The Maps customization features provides new methods to customize and update maps, and “Local Context” combines these map functions with Places and Routes, making it easier for developers to create contextual experiences that exceed users’ expectations more easily.
Expand industrial solutions
In the past two years, the Google Maps Platform has been working with few game studios to bring the real world to mobile games. Today, Google Maps has come up with their gaming solution for all game studios, independent game developers and others who want to use immersive location based experiences to promote their businesses.
Google Maps Platform will continue to invest in industrial solutions and expand to serve more industries over time. To learn more details, welcome to contact CloudMile at any time.
Providing more tooling and resources for developers
Reference : Google Cloud Blog
CloudMile’s point of view
Cloud-Based Map Styling tools
In the past, developers set the map style by copying the generated map style setting code into programs that generate maps through map style editing websites. However, every time they need to add a map, they must repeat the steps.