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Google launched Live View which is an AR-based feature that helps with on-foot navigation
You can use the camera on your smartphone to help direct you to where you need to go
Using a floating pin, the final destination will also be marked
After completing its 15th year anniversary last year, Google commemorated the event and introduced Live View AR navigation to Google Maps. The feature allowed users to be guided to a location using the phone’s camera and AR technology. And, although the feature is a little hard to find, Google is now testing an option that makes it easier to see on the app. As soon as you search for a specific location, a floating action button will pop up right in front. Clicking on this button will display the distance and direction you need to head in, with the final destination marked using a floating pin.
This feature will change the way we navigate when walking. Google Maps is pretty precise when it comes to vehicles and bikes but falls woefully short when it comes to on-foot navigation. But, worry not as Live View will now essentially help you navigate to exactly where you need to get to. Once you open the app the Live View button appears at the bottom right corner of the app as soon as you search for a particular location. Clicking on the button opens up a reworked version of the camera UI. The camera then shows you a floating pin that directs you to move in a particular direction. Remember that you need to keep your camera pointed at your surroundings for the feature to activate.
The feature will also let you know if you’re moving in the wrong direction. According to Google, the feature offers incredibly accurate results in cities and such. But, we will have to test the feature out in the labyrinthine streets of India to see if it can actually do what it says it does.
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