In a blog post, Google has announced that Google Maps will begin rolling out a new kind of navigation feature to the iOS and Android versions of its app.
But, according to metro UK post, the feature is called Live View and uses a phone’s camera to overlay navigation on top of the real world, thereby making it easier to find your way around.
This kind of augmented reality (AR) navigation has so far only been available in Google’s own line-up of Pixel phones.
After testing it sufficiently on Pixels, the plan is to roll out a beta version to iOS and Android phones this week, the company said.
It didn’t specify when users in the UK may get to see it, but it should come through over the next few weeks when you next update your version of Google Maps.
‘There’s nothing like exploring a city on foot–it’s a great way to take in the sights and sounds of a new place. But it can be hard to know exactly which direction to go,’ Google announced in a blog post.
‘With a beta feature called Live View, you can use augmented reality (AR) to better see which way to walk. Arrows and directions are placed in the real world to guide your way.
‘We’ve tested Live View with the Local Guides and Pixel community over the past few months, and are now expanding the beta to Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and ARKit starting this week.’
As for using the feature when it does arrive, users will be presented with an option to use Live View whenever they enter navigation directions on foot. The prompt to try AR will appear next to the traditional navigate button.