Google Maps expands augmented reality navigation tool

Google Maps' AR walking directions come to iPhones and non-Pixel devices

Google is launching a beta of its augmented reality walking directions feature for Google Maps, with a broader launch that will be available to all iOS and Android devices that have system-level support for AR. To find this new Reservations Tab, click on the three grey lines at the top left corner of your screen Select Your Places hit on the Reservations Tab, and you'll be able to see all the upcoming trips. As a previous user of Google Inbox's trip logging, and then Google Trips I'm personally very glad Google is giving back a little of the functionality that's been taken away.

"Live View" is a feature in Google Maps that uses augmented reality (AR) to show you which way to walk using arrows and directions placed in the real world, and it's rolling out to Android phones that support ARCore and iPhones that support ARKit.


The travel-related changes come to Maps in the wake of Google shutting down its Trips app, post which the company said that it will be bringing Trips' feature-set to other Google products. The Timeline feature has also been updated for Android. As it always has, Maps will also show how long the wait is at nearby restaurants along with which dishes are particularly popular among other users.

With Location History enabled, which is a sensitive topic for Google, Maps will offer you an updated Timeline to help you remember your last vacation. You can also export the places you loved to a list, make notes about the places in the list, and then share that list with friends and family. All of these features should be rolling out over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for them.

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