Google Maps for Android modifies the shared location symbol for the user

Recently, Google Maps has undergone a lot of changes, including the expansion of its support for electric vehicles, the ability for users to view predicted toll costs, and many other things. However, one intriguing UI tweak might have gone overlooked. The shared location user symbol has changed on Google Maps.

Shared locations have been a significant component of Google Maps for a long. Personally, I use it fairly frequently. It’s simple to keep an eye on folks when they want you to and to let people know where you are and when you’ll be there. It’s a nice feature to have available for family and friends.

A Google Account profile image used to show up on the recipient’s map whenever a user shared their location with them, whether it was for a set period of time or until they turned it off. The icon would refresh every few minutes reflecting the sharer’s current location.

The most recent Google Maps update (11.38.2) reveals a modification to that icon, however it might have been made on the server. In the past, the profile photo that showed would have a white circle around the sharing party’s emblem. The whole borderless profile photo of the individual sharing is now visible because that white line has vanished.

Google Maps shared location icon
Previous version
Google Maps shared location icon
Current version

Although this is a minor update, the visual of Google Maps as a whole appears to have improved slightly. There don’t appear to be any additional significant UI or core functionality changes related to location sharing. The sharer’s profile image is slightly more noticeable, but other than that, the sharing location hasn’t changed.

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