The design of Google Maps doesn’t get updated very often, so when it does, it’s kind of a big deal. The latest tweaks are all about adding a bit more color to the interface and making things a little easier to pick out as a consequence. What you see will also be more relevant to the mode of transport you’re using, too.
It makes sense for the items on the map to be more contextual.
Google Maps is about to get a lot more colorful was written by the awesome team at Android Police.