It’s now possible to plan an entire evening out just by using Google Maps. By adding third-party app integration to Maps, it’s no longer necessary to jump around different applications to plan and execute a social outing.
On Wednesday, the company announced a handful of updates to Google Maps that include a redesign that aligns with its “material design,” philosophy in Android 5.0 Lollipop, which the company began rolling out on Monday. (Google also recently announced updates to its Google Play Music streaming service, its Calendar app, and introduced Inbox, a new email application—all with the fresh new look.)
With Explore, the Foursquare-like feature Google unveiled in July, people can get suggestions and reviews about things to do in the area, and now, with OpenTable integration in the U.S., people can make a restaurant reservation right in the app.
Google announced Uber integration in May—now, it’s adding a bit more information to the transit options in Maps. People with Uber installed can find out just how long an Uber trip will take, along with a fare estimate. When they tap on the Uber option, it will automatically pull up the app so they can request a ride.
The revamped Google Maps is available on iOS and Andorid.
Lead photo by G Langille on Flikr; Maps photo courtesy of Google