Google Maps is a real boon to folks trying to find the exact address just about anywhere in the world. No more maps to refold. No grids to cross reference and you can even see the place your going. Google has now unveiled a new look for this great time saving product. Here are a few of the changes:

Changes to the look of Google Maps

You might have noticed that Google Maps looks a little bit different. This is the first in a series of changes to make Maps, and other Google products, simpler and more consistent so your experience is more enjoyable and productive.

What’s changing

Right now, the changes are just cosmetic, and have not affected the way Maps works. For instance, you’ll notice three new buttons in the upper right-hand corner for printing, sending, or linking to maps. We’ve also updated the look of the search bar and increased the size of the map.

Why we made these changes

The way people use and experience the web is evolving, and our goal is to give you a more seamless and consistent online experience -- one that works no matter which Google product you’re using or what device you’re using it on. The new Google experience that we’re working toward is founded on three key design principles:

  • Focus: With the design changes in the coming weeks and months, we’re bringing forward the stuff that matters to you and getting all the other clutter out of your way.
  • Elasticity: The new design will soon allow you to seamlessly transition from your desktop computer to your mobile phone to your tablet. We aim to bring you this flexibility without sacrificing usefulness.
  • Effortlessness: Our design philosophy is to combine power with simplicity. We want to keep our look simple and clean. But behind the seemingly simple design, the changes use new technologies to make sure you have all the power of the web behind you.

How you can have a voice in these changes

If you’d like to share your thoughts on the design changes, you can let us know on our feedback form. We’re always looking for new ways to improve your online experience, and your suggestions are really helpful in making all our products better.