For many users, Google Maps is the first point of contact for all geographic information and, thanks to the wealth of detail, can be very helpful for pedestrians and tourists in particular. It is far from easy to strike a balance between the abundance of available information and a clear presentation, but the Google Maps team has been doing very well for many years. Now big-city attractions are going to get a very special emphasis.
With Google Maps, you can retrieve a lot of information from a variety of sources, which is usually correct thanks to rigorous monitoring. Recently, Google Maps‘ real-time information feature has attracted a great deal of interest and has proven to be extremely useful in many ways. But now, static information such as landmarks is highlighted separately in Google Maps.
If you come to a foreign city, you often pull out your smartphone and look around in Google Maps before or even after your arrival. A few years ago, Google brought in support for discovering foreign places, and with the Explore tab, highlighting the particularly lively areas, as well as numerous icons and markings, there are plenty of options for finding your way around a new environment.
Beautiful icons now represent monuments in big cities like Rome.
Landmarks have been on the map platform for many years, but so far have only been represented by generic icons, which are slightly different in color from other symbols, and could easily be overlooked. The image set has now been rotated and each icon is now much larger, placed in a bubble and with its own graphic for each landmark. Take a look at the above and following screenshots for some visual insight.
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Due to the larger scale, these points stand out sharply and can therefore be found very easily. The second, and perhaps more important, advantage is that Google’s graphic artists have created custom icons for each landmark. Although this is only displayed in the form of a simple icon, all of the examples, even those without a name, are very easy to recognize. In particular, this makes it easier for tourists who do not necessarily know the names of these important monuments, though they may know them to see.
Because they must be drawn individually by the graphic artists, the icons are currently only to be found in large and well-known cities such as New York, London, and Rome, but can also be seen in Berlin, though they are limited to only the hotspots. Of course, if there are too many icons incorporated, the map will become overcrowdedand it won’t be easy to get a clear overview of the geographical space. More cities and icons are to be rolled out in the coming weeks and months.
The new feature has been tested multiple times over the past few months, but now seems to have entered the global market. If you do not see the landmarks, just wait a few hours or days. In the web browser, the icons are unfortunately not visible, even though desktops are likely most users‘ preferred device for research.