Should you open Google Maps this afternoon during your commute home and the UI looks a little weird, that’s intentional! Google is rolling out a big UI tweak that includes new Explore and For You tabs. They first mentioned this update back in May at Google I/O and are just now getting around to the global push.
The new Explore tab wants to help you find nearby events or restaurants that you might want to visit. The UI is very picture-forward, shows trending lists from local experts, lets you filter the results, and will try to show you a numeric rating for spots that it thinks you’ll enjoy. The closer to 100, the more of a match it should be.
New vs. Old
The For You section is a bit more fine-tuned to specific areas you care about. You can select your city or town, plus other places you might regularly visit. This tab will then show you hot new restaurants, make recommendations in those areas, and any related news.
Again, the new UI is rolling out to all in the US today. Hit that link below to grab the latest update.