Google Maps Latest Update Brings Live View; An Augmented Reality Navigation System
Google Maps, an app familiar to millions of smartphone users around the world for navigation, in its new 8th August update has introduced some new and exciting features for its users. Among them are the introduction of Live View, the addition of Reservations Tab, a dedicated option to let you know about nearby food outlets, and updated timeline to remember the places you visited if the location history setting of your device is turned on.
One of the long-anticipated features called Live View has left an obvious impact and is tremendously welcomed everywhere due to its expansive technological mechanics. Live View will be using Augmented Reality to find directions for its users more accurately and without any kind of a minute hindrance in their navigation from one point to another. Users will be able to find the desired station or spot of their choice after identifying landmarks being shown on the screen of their phones.
The feature had been issued earlier this year on Google’s Pixel phones after being tested out last year, whereas now it is being tested profusely on more smartphones as a beta feature to enrich the app’s functions and experience. With this new testing feature, virtual arrows and directions are positioned exactly in the real world for people to touch down their accurate destination without any uncompromising obstacle in their way.
The function adds on to the app as it’s being updated on devices across the world. People with Android and iOS devices supporting ARCore and ARKit respectively can tryout Google Maps’ Live View themselves. The feature will be usable in those countries where the street view is available.
How does Google Maps Live View work?
To use Live View, open the Google Maps app on your device, and enter your desired destination in the search bar. Indicate that you are intent on walking, and then, you will hold your phone in the air to capture your surroundings like a viewfinder from its camera after tapping the “Start AR” button when it appears on the screen of your device.
In addition to this, the application has launched a couple of other new features for a better experience for its users in its new update. Now you can see your hotel and flight reservations easily while either you are on your way to your destination, or stuck somewhere before checking in.
Furthermore, you can also find wonderful local food in your vicinities, and book a table in advance if the place is fully packed with people, or in demand at the time of your visit.