As is inevitable with the passage to time there would be changes to some of the common items that people get to use. Sometimes these changes can be rather path breaking as the instance when the first GPS enabled maps were introduced or it could be more subtle as is the way Google Maps gets a new look.
But the general trend is to bring about a greater utility to the application than before. It is natural that there would be time needed to get used to the new system and to be able to put to use the most innovative of changes. As is the norm there is always bound to be folks that simply think it is never a good idea to bring about changes in any old practices.
The Key Features to the way Google Maps gets a New Look
Natural feel: The older technologies that meant primarily slower internet connections and also that there were a lot of places that still did not have access to a broadband connection meant that applications were designed to work with the restrictions to the best of the ability. A far greater use of colors to differentiate the different types of classifications of services on offer was brought about. This in many ways reduced the clutter that was associated with the older Maps.
The newer application used a far greater depth to the images is had than before. It accentuated the shadows to bring on the right feel of the sunshine to mimic the actual fall of sunlight. With this changes came about a greater range of colors than before.
Faster loading: The new improved Maps got to be loaded faster than in the older versions. The use of a more up to date technology that meant a faster rendering of images made this possible. The older restrictions coupled with limitations in speeds of processors meant that the old methods were rather crude so to speak.
Better resolution: The developers of the improved version of Google Maps took advantage of the better pixel counts of the more recent screens to create a more information rich interface than possible earlier. A lot of people would be taken in by the appearance of this development but the full benefit to the user would only be evident when more time is spent to understand how best to use the new technology.
Better accuracy: It is possible to bring forth a greater accuracy to the Geo Tags than before. There are a number of practical aspects to this part and it is often a bit later that the full benefit to this new feature can be utilized.
The Progress of Technology
It is inevitable that technology marches forward and this is what has happened in the case of the need for improvements in the Google Maps. The later developments have ensured that a better feel and working is made possible with more or less the same application.