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Introducing the latest in cloud-based maps styling

Google Maps Platform is currently rolling out a new Experimental release of cloud-based maps styling for the Maps JavaScript API to give you more control over the look and feel of your maps than ever before. You now have more options to fine-tune your geospatial use cases by targeting more of the content that matters most. More granular control over styleable elements such as labels visibility, areas fill colour, and stroke settings, will enable you to better integrate your own design decisions into the map styles you create.

Expanded map features and POIs

Behind these improvements is a new inventory of customisable map features that supports nearly 100 individual map elements, which is two times more features and four times as many POI categories as the current generally available version of cloud-based maps styling. This means you can build maps with Google Maps’ POI data that covers 200+ million businesses and places, and have more control to filter and customise what data you show on your maps. You now get more granular control over the look and feel of your map styles with new cartographic details that were previously not accessible. For example you can now style in a different way areas of reservations, crops, and types of water surfaces. You can also have diverse settings across labels applied to POI categories of tourist attractions, recreational areas, emergency services, retail, and more.

Improved stylers

Along with the expanded taxonomy, Google Maps Platform rolled out some new styling capabilities for different cartographic elements, such as geometries and labels. These new customisation properties are all designed to give you even greater flexibility to create custom styles that reflect your brand or application's unique needs.

Example of map elements colors and labels customisation

How to get started

Cloud-based maps styling is included with Dynamic Maps for Maps JavaScript API. Developers can use Cloud-based maps styling features for Dynamic Maps by creating a JavaScript Vector Map configured MapID and a new map style in Google Cloud Console.

To try these experimental styling capabilities choose the 'Experimental' option as you create a new map style.

New map style' flow with experimental opt-in control

Experimental map styles require your web app to use JavaScript Maps API version 3.47 or higher for vector-based maps and 3.49 or higher for raster-based maps. For unlocking most of the experimental features consider JavaScript Maps API beta channel. Over the course of this Experimental phase, Google Maps Platform will expand the list of customisable map features and related stylers for better usability and greater styling control across all zoom levels.

We believe that the new cloud-based map styling in Google Maps Platform will empower you to create more engaging and informative maps than ever. Get in touch with us today to learn more about Google Maps Platform and how it can benefit your business.

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