Google officially announced Maps dark mode for Android in February and released it a month later. The Google Maps dark theme is now officially coming to iPhone and iPad. Literally in the coming weeks.
The dark theme, according to Google, is designed to “give your eyes a break” from the app’s dazzlingly light interface, especially at night.
The search box, place/category suggestion carousel, bottom bar, and other buttons will be repainted light gray. A blue tint indicates the current tab. The darkest shade of gray is for the main map layer when zoomed in, and streets and names are slightly lighter. All icons and icons have the same shade.
Google also claims that this night view will help “save battery power” (and for some types of screens, this is a logical statement). The Google Maps dark theme for iPhone and iPad owners will officially “launch in the coming weeks” – in other words, by the end of August.
What follows is a rather rare update to the Google Maps app for iMessage. In addition to quickly sending your current address, you now have the option to “share your location in real time”. By default, this feature will be active for one hour, but can be extended up to three days and stopped at any time.
Finally, Google today revealed a couple of Map widgets for traffic and quick search. Of today’s three new products, this home screen widget is widely available right now. You only need to update the Google Maps app on iPhone to the latest version.