Google has been working on a new user interface for Google Maps that uses augmented reality to show you how to walk using arrows and directions located in the real world through a screen directly on your mobile device.
This feature has been working for a while and was previously available to local Google Maps Guides and Google Pixel users, but is now rolling out on many other devices.
This means that you may be able to access the Augmented Reality “Live View” on your smartphone today as long as your phone supports ARCore or Apple iPhone with ARKit support.
The list of compatible devices includes mobile phones from various manufacturers, including Acer, Asus, Google, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Sony and many more. You can even use Google Maps Live View on your tablet too if it's your purse.
To get started testing Live View, simply launch Google Maps on your Android or iOS device and follow these steps:
- Find the location you want to visit
- Press the blue directional button near the bottom of the screen
- Touchez for directions to walk the normal way
- Touchez "Live View" near the bottom of the screen and follow the tutorial
This new system certainly requires Google Street View to be in your area, but if Google's car is already there, you'll get a much more useful view of your trip. A large arrow indicates the direction to go and you will even see floating virtual signs to help you with the road name. Navigating on foot is much easier.
Learn more about using the system in our guide: What is Google Maps AR navigation and how is it used?
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