Google Maps launches a new feature called Live View. Google Maps Live View uses augmented reality (AR) to display virtual signs and directions in the real world. Something that would make it easier for you to get from A to B without getting lost.
Live View, then known as AR directions, was first announced on Google IO 2018. It then debuted on Google's Pixel phones, with local guides helping to clear the feature for a wider audience. And now it is being made available on several smartphones.
How to use Google Maps Live View
Google announced that Live View is now in beta (and therefore available to many more) in a post about the keyword. It's being rolled out as part of a major Google Maps update, but is by far the most exciting (and innovative) new feature.
After testing Live View "with the Local Guides and Pixel community in recent months," Google is now expanding its beta to Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and ARKit. Which should apply to most new smartphones.
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In a nutshell, Live View displays virtual characters in the real world. Then you hold your phone in the air and Google Maps will guide you to your destination using signs hanging in the air. This only works when you go for obvious reasons.
To use Live View, just open Google Maps, enter the destination and touch the blue Directions icon. Then indicate that you plan to go. If your phone supports AR, you should see a Launch AR icon at the bottom of the screen. Tap it to start Live View.
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Other Expanded 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 when you hold the phone in front of you to follow the instructions, but if that prevents you from getting lost, it's well worth it, right?
Although Google Maps & # 39; Live View doesn't float your boat, there are other augmented reality apps worth checking out. Here's our selection of futuristic AR apps for your smartphoneand here are the best augmented reality games for Android and iOS .
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