Google Maps updated with new Navigation menu UI

Google Maps has received a minor update bringing along a simplified menu UI when using Navigation. Gone is the standard ICS menu button. In its place is a menu launcher build directly into the Navigation UI. When accessed menu items are now displayed in a grid along with graphics as opposed to the list format of the previous release. The new look harkens back to pre-ICS versions of Google Maps. The larger buttons and visual elements should make for easier access to Navigation features while driving (not that we should be playing with our phones while driving in the first place). Head over to Google Play to update to the latest version now.

Google Play Link: Google Maps

[via DroidLife]

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  • zorxd

    Great. I hope google restores more of that grid menu. Much better than the new “list” one.

  • Nicholas Snowdeal

    Still sounds when you say Google Play….

  • philnolan3d

    this broke the navigation on my phone and tablet.

  • Chris Clark

    People continuously refer to the Store as Google Play.  It’s actually the Google Play Store.  Sounds a whole lot better.  On Android the app name is Play Store.  On the web link here is is

    Really, if you wanted, you could just say, “Head on over to the Store to pick it up.”

    • Mark Lunney

      It’s Play Shop for me (UK), is it different in the US?

  • V

    They would have been hard pressed to find a worse sounding name for their app store

  • ionekoa

    next they will reveal that navigation is to be renamed google wander

  • Scott Kennedy

    Why don’t they follow the ICS design guidelines, and not use the old style at all?

    • bzwingzero

      Because bigger buttons are easier to hit while driving. Even though you shouldn’t use it while driving, Google realizes people do.

  • maximillion82

    Looks great btw the Market is called Play Store in North America and Play Shop in the UK why not call it Google Market?
    Weird that Google isn’t following ICS design with Navigation, could it be that Jelly Beans will Chang the look again?

  • Brian S.

    i like this menu better, that list was garbage – for sure