You might be wondering what the heck we ‘re talking about, but as the guys at Android Police originally spotted, when you’re navigating Google Maps, you ‘re going to see the slightly newer wireframe style icons instead of the filled icons for menu items.
It’s hardly the biggest UI change, but it will make your entire experience more coherent, which is what the Material Theme Design Guidelines have been put in place to help improve. As noted by the Android Police, when you get to a location and start your journey, you’ll see the newer Material Theme icons in the Google Maps shortcut bar.
These shortcut options allow you to dive directly into Settings, Route Overview, Search Along Route, and view Destinations without having to think about it. There is also an added overflow menu that allows you to share your journey with a contact if they want to know your ETA.
We believe that avid Android Auto users should already be seeing the updated Wireframe Material Theme icons, as this seems to have had a relatively silent rollout across the board. It’s also worth noting that this doesn’t require a software update or an app upgrade, it looks like it’s on the server side, so you shouldn’t have to do anything to make a very minor visual improvement.
Will the new icons change the way you use Android Auto? It’s probably not, but it’s visual cohesion that really rounds off the in-car entertainment system.