Google Expands Its AR Walking Directions Feature for Maps

In February this year, Google Map’s augmented reality walking navigation feature entered private testing. It was announced at the Google I/O 2018 and was launched for pixel phones at Google I/O 2019.

The feature is called ‘Live View’ and will allow its users to use google maps in combination with their smartphone camera to see real-time augmented reality overlays showing how far to walk and where to turn next to get from one place to another.

This feature was only available for Pixel phones until now, thankfully, Google decided to roll out the feature to a wider array of smartphones. Any device that supports ARCore or iPhones that come with the ARkit will be able to use this feature from now on.

The tool is designed to help navigation in unfamiliar areas easier. To use the feature all you have to do is select your walking route and tap the live view button at the bottom of the screen.

Along with the Live view feature, Google also announced a one-stop “Reservations” tab where the users can view all their stored flights and hotel bookings, as well as a new Timeline feature that will record and save all the places the user visited on their journey.