Android 8.1 brings a handful of nice tweaks to Oreo, but some of the best ones directly relate to issues with the Pixel 2 XL. One of those is the tweaked navigation bar which can now invert its colors and dim the buttons. Now, Google Maps has been updated to take advantage of that.
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Following in the footsteps of Gmail a couple of weeks ago, Google Maps for Android now swaps to an inverted navigation bar on Android 8.1, leaving the background white and the buttons a grey color. This suits Maps light design quite well, so we’re glad to see the change, especially as Maps is an app that users leave on screen for a while. Changing to this color scheme should certainly help out with burn-in complaints on the Pixel 2 XL.
However, Google Maps doesn’t only have a light theme, as it changes to darker colors when the sun sets. As Android Police points out in a screenshot (below), the nav bar swaps back to the standard black color when the app’s theme switches as well.