Google Maps updates color scheme for desktop users: What you need to know

Google Maps feels a bit different for some users of the desktop browser version: The map colour scheme has changed!

Back in August, 9to5Google reported Google was trialling out a new colour scheme in its smartphone app, which looked a lot like Apple Maps.

Now, it looks like the same colour scheme is making its way to the desktop version, with at least some Windows 11 users on Google’s Chrome browser seeing the new colour scheme.

In terms of the terrain, most colours are a bit lighter both on land and at sea. But, the bigger change is road colours, which used to be white for smaller roads and yellow for larger roads and motorways.

Useability-wise, this was a problem because the yellow roads blended in with live traffic conditions, making it harder to see where the holdups were on the network.

In the new colour scheme, all roads seem to be varying shades of grey (or possibly bluish grey), making live traffic conditions all that much more glanceable.

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