16 August 2019
After months of limited beta testing, Google Maps AR walking directions feature beta is now rolling out to everyone on Android and iOS around the world. The feature is officially called Google Maps Live View and was introduced about six months ago. It was later expanded to Local Guides and now, it is being made available for everyone with an ARCore or ARKit compatible device starting this week.
Google Maps Live View feature is mainly aimed at helping you when you are walking towards your destination and get confused about what direction to go or what street to take. With this feature, you will need to point your phone's camera to your surrounding so that the app can recognize your location. It will then make use of AR capabilities to overlay big arrows and street markers to guide you further. This way, you will be able to see your surroundings as well as navigation directions on the camera viewfinder.
Google is further making traveling more convenient by showing your flight and hotel reservation details at a single place. These can be accessed by visiting Google Maps app's left sidebar, tapping the Your Places option, and selecting the Reservations tab. It will show all of your upcoming trips and tapping on any of them will show a list of flight and hotel reservations. The good thing is that this feature will work even if you are offline.
The update further redesigns the Timeline interface which is a feature that shows a timeline of all the places you have visited. It is worth noting that it works only if you have enabled Location History in the Maps application. The new interface makes it easier for users to find places they visited in a particular country or city. The users can further filter places on the basis of restaurants, shops, attractions, hotels, airports, and more. You can also create collections of the places you visited and share them with your family and friends.