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Google Maps overhaul coming to iOS with new 'material design' look, OpenTable reservations

Google announced on Wednesday that its popular Maps platform, including the free downloadable iOS application, will receive a major update in the near future, including a new look and new features, such as the ability to make restaurant reservations through OpenTable without leaving the app.




The new update to Google Maps will arrive "over the next few days" for both iPhone and Android, the company announced Wednesday. Google's official blog post showed the new look running on an iPhone, Android phone and Android tablet, but made no mention of the iPad app, potentially suggesting that update could come at a later date.

Most notably, Google Maps will have a new "material" design, in line with the company's latest overhaul of Its Android platform. The new, colorful look is intended to create shadows that mimic the real world, giving users a more intuitive interface.

The new Google Maps will also include the ability to reserve a table from directly within the Google Maps app. Powered by OpenTable, this functionality will be available to users in the U.S. only.




The company also spotlighted that Google Maps offers estimated pickup times and rates for the popular Uber car service when viewing transit data. These times and fares are displayed alongside trains, subways and other modes of shared transit.

Uber data will only appear for users who have the Uber app installed. The feature first debuted this May.

Google Maps is a free download form the iOS App Store designed for both iPhone and iPad. No specific launch date for the new update was given Wednesday.