Let’s face it, a lot of us would literally be lost without Google Maps. It not only helps in setting trends, but also in choosing the best mode of transportation by showing ETAs in a neat row. This may change, though, as Google is testing a new user interface that looks cleaner but isn’t necessarily as intuitive as it used to be.

Spotted before XDA Developers, The new interface removes the busy panel at the top and replaces it with a floating bar that includes fields for starting point and destination. The various transportation modes – driving, walking, cycling, and public transit – are now in a scrollable list of cards at the bottom of the screen. As shown in the screenshots below, the interface also outputs the “Leave At” option from the full menu and into the menu at the bottom.

the left: New user interface for Google Maps path. right: Existing.

While I assure that the new UI lends a cleaner look, it makes it difficult to compare ETAs between different transmission media. Users will have to scroll through a list to get the same information that was visible with a single glance before.

The good news is that this change hasn’t been written consistently yet – it appears to be an A / B testing. We will monitor this and see if Google decides to constantly change its mind.

Google Maps - Navigation and Explore
Google Maps - Navigation and Explore