Google Maps Now Offers Augmented Reality Directions

Google Maps is rolling out a new feature called Live View.
Google Maps’ Live View uses augmented reality (AR) to display
virtual signposts and directions in the real world. Which should
make it easier for you to get from A to B without getting lost.

Live View, then called AR walking directions, was first
announced at Google IO 2018. It then debuted on Google’s Pixel
phones, with Local Guides helping to ready the feature for a wider
audience. And now it’s being made available on more
smartphones.

How to Use Google Maps Live View

Google announced that Live View is now in beta (and therefore
available to a lot more people) in a post on
The Keyword
. It’s being rolled out as part of a wider Google
Maps update, but is the most exciting (and innovative) new feature
by some way.

After testing Live View “with the Local Guides and Pixel
community over the past few months,” Google is now “expanding
the beta to Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and
ARKit”. Which should apply to most newish smartphones.

We’re giving the ?emoji new meaning.

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

— Google Maps (@googlemaps)
August 8, 2019

In a nutshell, Live View displays virtual signs in the real
world. So, you hold your phone in the air, and Google Maps will
direct you to your destination using signs hanging in mid-air. This
only works while walking for obvious reasons.

To use Live View, just open Google Maps, type in your
destination, and tap on the blue Directions icon.
Then indicate that you plan to walk. If your phone supports AR you
should see a Start AR icon at the bottom of the
screen. Tap that to initiate Live View.

Download: Google Maps for
Android
|
iOS

Other Augmented Reality Apps Worth Trying

Google Maps is a useful app that many of us couldn’t live
without. And Live View is another useful addition. Yes, you may
look a little silly holding your phone in front of you to follow
directions, but if it stops you getting lost it’s well worth it,
right?

Even if Google Maps’ Live View doesn’t float your boat,
there are other augmented reality apps worth checking out. Here is
our pick of futuristic
AR apps for your smartphone
, and here are
the best augmented reality games for Android and iOS
.

Image Credit: Simon Rowe/Flickr

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