As we prepare to release Mapbox GL for iOS and Android, we’ve spent a lot of time prototyping user experiences around maps and location. The most important, obvious takeaway: frictionless context is key.

We explored one experience using the messaging building blocks provided by Layer. Two friends are figuring out where to meet. Switching to map view, the app quickly pulls their location, hits a point of interest endpoint, and quickly maps those suggestions. After picking a place, Mapbox Directions takes care of the rest and it’s all packaged up into a fresh, customized message without ever leaving the app.

The future of maps on mobile is going to be about customization and speed. Mapbox GL will have both.