Google is rolling out its AR-powered walking directions feature in Google Maps to a wider range of devices which support AR natively. This includes iPhones with ARKit support as well as Android devices which support Google’s ARCore.
Google has been testing AR walking directions in Google Maps for quite a few months now. However, the beta was only available to selected Local Guides and Pixel users. Dubbed ‘Live View,’ Google has started rolling out this feature in beta to all compatible AR smartphones. The feature can take up to a couple of weeks to show in Google Maps on your phone though.
Live View in Google Maps will be available anywhere where Street View is available. So if you live in an area where Street View is not available, you are out of luck.
One thing to note is that Live View does not require you to hold the phone in front of you while you walk or look at the display continuously. Below is how Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch has explained the feature:
The Live View feature isn’t designed with the idea that you’ll hold up your phone continually as you walk – instead, in provides quick, easy and super useful orientation, by showing you arrows and big, readable street markers overlaid on the real scene in front of you. That makes it much, much easier to orient yourself in unfamiliar settings, which is hugely beneficial when traveling in unfamiliar territory.
Are you looking forward to trying out Live View in Google Maps on your iPhone? Drop a comment and let us know your experience with it once you are done using it!