How can developers take advantage of the new Google Maps that Google is now previewing? They have not announced a new API, but they do have a way you can make your maps look more like the future version.

With one line of code, programs that use the Google Maps API can swutch to a version that looks more modern:

google.maps.visualRefresh = true;

As explained in the Geo Developers Blog, the changes mostly involve new colors, a new shadowless default red pin and infobox, and minor changes to the controls.

Even without the “visual refresh” line of code, all maps will be switched to the new look by November 15, 2013.

It’s a subtle change. I tested the new look on my Trip Visualizer. See if you can notice the improvement.


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after

A “Visual Refresh” for Google Maps

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