Love it or hate it, version 7 of Google Maps is now apparently rolling out to everyone. The latest release is entirely different from prior versions and gives the mobile app a look that matches that of the new Google Maps soon to hit the web. Upon opening the app for the first time, a solitary search bar hovers at the top of the screen while all other options are tucked away. For a complete breakdown of how things function now, take a look of our in-depth unofficial changelog.
If you haven't already made the jump, there's a few things you should keep in mind before doing so. My Maps is gone, and caching locations for offline use is kind of quirky. The traffic widget is no more, but there's an alternative Directions & Navigations widget that somewhat makes up for it. Overall, though, we'd call the changes in the new version a step in the right direction and encourage users to make the jump. Anyone who hasn't already received a notification should check for the upgrade manually, and if the update still isn't available for you, let us know.