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Maps Customization Features Overview (Beta)

Google Maps Platform offers a set of Maps customization features that make it easier to style, customize, and manage your maps using the Google Cloud console, as well as introducing tools and features to improve the user experience of your maps. For example, using the cloud-based tools for the various Maps customization features, you can easily customize the points of interest that show by default on your map, as well as brand and color the map to match the look and feel of your organization's styling, and more.

To make these features easy to adopt and manage, Maps customization brings a number of new tools to the Google Cloud console:

  • A Style Editor for easy style creation.
  • Map ID creation and management.
  • Custom map style creation and management.
  • Tools for dynamic updating of styles.

Maps customization features include the following:

  • Cloud-based map styling: Rather than styling your map in code using JSON, you can manage and style your dynamic or static maps in the Google Cloud console using Map IDs and Map Styles.
  • Vector Map: JavaScript developers can choose to use the same WebGL-accelerated vector-based map that is available on maps.google.com directly in their own web apps.
  • Business POI filtering: Five categories of business points of interest can be optionally removed from the map display.
  • POI Density Control: The density of points of interest shown on the basemap can be adjusted to show greater or fewer points of interest by default.