Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

Google Maps gets new tools for seamless travel

Google Maps' AR walking directions come to iPhones and non-Pixel devices Google Maps is rolling out 'Live View' AR walking navigation to more users
Emmett Howard | 09 August, 2019, 07:37

Apple Maps has always struggled in comparison to Google Maps, and it looked like this might finally give it the upper hand.

The new feature isn't available for all phones. Essentially, then, it seems that the decision to shut down Trips was made in part to consolidate functionality among Google's lineup of apps.

Google Maps will now include all your travel data, such as flight and hotel reservations, which will all be placed in a new Reservations menu item inside the hamburger menu. And after testing it for a long while, Google is officially launching the new feature today. Then, hit the "Reservations" tab where you'll see a list of your upcoming trips.

Known as Live View, the feature uses augmented reality (AR) to overlay the digital arrows onto the real world as seen through a smartphone camera. The details are accessible even when you are offline, the official blog notes.

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To use Google Maps Live View, you'll need a phone that supports ARKit, in the case of iPhones, and ARCore, in the case of Android devices.

Users must first search for a location by typing it out or selecting it on the map. Google says that the "Your Match" rating is tailored to your individual tastes, so presumably, the more you visit certain restaurants, the more accurate it'll be.

The feature, previously only available to Google Pixel users having been introduced earlier this year, will now be open to compatible Android and iPhone handsets, Google said. All of these features should be rolling out over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for them.

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