It’s called Live View and it’s the function integrated in Google Maps that allows you to get information in augmented reality mode while walking on a stretch of road. After announcing it months ago and, up until now, made exclusive of Local Guides and Pixel smartphones. The Mountain View giant has announced the extension of support to other devices.
In particular, Live View is now available in beta on a large list of Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and ARKit respectively. Operation is very simple. First of all, you need to select the point of arrival and navigation on foot. At this point, you need to click on “Directions” and the option that activates the new function will appear at the bottom of the screen.
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See the way with #LiveView, directions placed right on top of your world to make sure you never miss a turn again. Rolling out starting today on compatible iOS and Android devices. pic.twitter.com/7ydbShMDRb
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“See the way with #LiveView, directions placed right on top of your world. To make sure you never miss a turn again. Rolling out starting today on compatible iOS and Android devices”. Tweeted Google.
Once activated, the user will see information on augmented reality on the display of his smartphone. Such as roadways, arrows and directions to follow. If there is any obstacle, the application will signal it inviting the user to look up from the device. Furthermore, information will be shown on the whole surrounding environment, such as museums, monuments or other places of interest. A very useful function when visiting a city that you don’t know.
Updating Google Maps brings with it other new features such as – for example – the display of flight and hotel reservations directly from “Your places” even in offline. As always, the update is distributed gradually and – as stated on the official Google blog – the new features will be available on all compatible devices in the coming weeks.