September 27, 2022

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Google Maps Now Looks Better With New Update

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Google Maps users get ready because Google just updated the service to a whole new level! If you’ve been using the app for some time now, you’ve probably experienced some issue. Some of these issues revolve around the colors of the maps not reflecting the color of the real world.

Although, this issue doesn’t come into play when users use the satellite view option, the problem many users face is the misinformation provided by the colors.

An example of the issue stated above is the use of ‘green’ areas, which have been marked as parks sometimes not actually matching the environment. Google released an update of Google Maps on the 19th of this month, to help the app reflect environmental properties better.

The new update will display natural features closer to how they appear on satellite imagery, i.e. parks will be green, snowy mountaintops will be white, sandy deserts will be beigeish.

In the image below, you can see how iceland’s landscape reflects its real world appearance adequately. Viewers can also see the greenery and beaches of Croatia’s coast and nearby islands.

Google attributed the success of the new coloring to its new color-mapping algorithm for its satellite imagery. The feature appears to be highly advanced, and effective, as the imagery can even distinguish between dense vegetation – say, a forest – patchier sections. The feature applies to all 220 countries and their territories, which are supported by Google Maps.

The company promises to roll out more features, and even better imagery as improvements continue. The update will come in handy for people seeking directions through unfamiliar cities.


Author: Joel Onyeike

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