Google Maps Update Debuts a Clean New Look and "Areas of Interest" Feature
As described by Google, they have removed elements from the overview that are not absolutely required. This will result in a cleaner look that makes it easier to find helpful and actionable information, such as traffic and transit lines. For the improved typography, you should much more easily view street names, points of interest, and transit stations.
Google is also adding in a new “Areas of Interest” feature, highlight places on the map where there might be a lot going on. These areas on the map are shaded orange. When you head into an orange area in the Maps app, you can view different details about local hot spots or other activities you can do.