Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Google's augmented reality Maps are live for some users

Google Maps- Augmented Reality The Wall Street Journal
Kayla Schwartz | 11 February, 2019, 18:25

Google has reportedly been experimenting with the user interface, finding that users will follow a line on the ground too closely, and that an animated guide will keep them glued to the screen.

Google Maps would then compare the buildings and landmarks with the Street View data it has gathered. The company originally introduced the AR navigation feature at a developers conference previous year.

That said, it looks like it won't be taking over as the standard method of using Google Maps. We haven't heard much else since the feature was first talked up, but Google is now letting a select few testers see how AR navigation works in the real world.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the feature is being tested by a small group of beta users before it'll get rolled out to global users of the application.

The future version of the Maps application will let you access a special AR mode through a dedicated button or by lifting your phone. The first is that a big advantage of the feature is that it provides people with very specific location data, and that it's a feature that isn't likely to remain on phones, but on AR-capable glasses.

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The announcement for the AR navigation system was made at the annual Google conference Google I/O 2019 last May.

In this way, the app creates a real-time and immersive navigation for the user based on what he sees around him.

Every year Google hosts an event for developers called Google I/O. The company has not officially announced when the AR feature will out to all Google Maps users, with WSJ saying this will only happen when the company is sure that the feature is "ready".

And Google could soon roll out a new version of maps that addresses an age-old issue where you're unable to figure out which way is North or South. Even though Google Maps and other navigation apps make it incredibly easy to get somewhere, it's still incredibly hard to find out exactly where you are going, especially in new cities.

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