The new mode of augmented reality (AR) Google Maps, which includes the function of signs in AR to walk, is about to be available on more devices. Google has announced that its walking mode Live View AR will arrive this week to Android phones that support ARCore, as well as to the iPhone models that support ARKit. The function has been available for phones Pixel for some time, after being initially announced during Google I/O in 2018.
In effect, the mode AR Google Maps showed for the first time in the Google event as the next function of positioning visual of the application, and since then, aroused great expectations. That means that, instead you have to guide you through the small blue dot in the map of the app, the feature will use the camera of your smartphone to help you determine exactly where you are, through the augmented reality. In the future, users will be able to point your camera at a street or building, and the application not only displays the details of the location, but also where to go to get to the destination.
That future, apparently, is approaching, and will soon be a reality. The augmented reality Google Maps was tested in a preview by David Pierce, of The Wall Street Journal, who explained that you can easily access the function by opening the application and pressing the Start button the AR. When you do this, the system first prompts you to move the phone pointing around to determine the exact location of the user. Then provide directions to the destination entered, in the form of arrows on the screen superimposed on the images, compatible with the familiar interface of Google Maps.
However, Google apparently does not want people to be distracted with the way the AR. If active for too long, the app will first be prompted to users to a drop in the position of the device, and then darken the screen if they do not. In addition to preserving the energy and the data of the battery, the limitation of time of use of the function avoids safety concerns, as people wander through the crowded streets while they hold their smartphones to see their surroundings in augmented reality, without paying attention to what is happening around you.
The way AR Google Maps has begun testing with a small group of users who review and testing community. Google has not identified a date of public release for the function, but we hope that soon a group of new updates that were recently added to the application, as the speed limits for the drivers, direct messages to businesses, and the support of hashtag for reviews.
Also, keep in mind that Google is quick to point out that the function is still in beta version, and warns that the test that might not work as flawlessly as using Google Maps normally, but don’t let that discourage you. Live View uses the camera on your phone so that you can see the world around you, and then superimposed arrows and directional information to facilitate the search of your destination.
If you want to test this function, open the application Google Maps, search for a destination for walking, tap Directions and choose Walking, and then look for the option Live View at the bottom of the screen. Don’t worry if you still do not find it, because Google says that the feature will come out during the next week.
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