Google Maps: augmented reality navigation is no longer exclusive to pixels

by Kelvin
Phonandroid : actu Android et High-tech

Google Maps begins deployment of augmented reality navigation in France on smartphones compatible. Until now, only the owners of a pixel could enjoy. A handy feature to facilitate guidance and quickly understand which direction to go.

  

At its Google I / O 2019 conference last May, the Mountain View company presented a new feature for its Maps application: augmented reality navigation. But so far, the option was only deployed on smartphones of the Pixel brand. Google announces this August 8, 2019 the availability of augmented reality on Maps in France for this week.

Google Maps: new smartphones Android and iOS compatible with augmented reality

For that, it will be enough to be in possession of a compatible smartphone ARCore and ARKit. Many models that are at least Android 7.0 Nougat support these technologies, but others require the presence of Android 8.0 Oreo. Find the list of compatible mobiles here. Note that if the Huawei P20 is listed as such, I could not access the feature when I wanted to test it, even after installing the latest version of the application. It seems that the deployment is progressive. For iOS, the iPhone from the SE are compatible.

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To use augmented reality navigation, simply launch a route on Google Maps and select View the itinerary. The app then gives you the opportunity to use the classic view that we are used to or choose the RA. This makes it easier to understand which direction to take. It is sometimes difficult to understand where the GPS wants to take us and seeing the live environment facilitates readability and understanding. As you can see with the screenshot above, the map remains at the bottom of the screen to keep an overview.

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