AR technology takes a leap in becoming the futuristic technology with the launch of Google Maps’ Live View feature

AR technology takes a leap in becoming the futuristic technology with the launch of Google’s Live View feature.

Google has launched a beta version of its augmented reality walking directions feature for Google Maps. This is a broader launch that will be available to all iOS and Android devices that have system-level support for AR. This means it is ARKit- compatible devices on iOS and Android. This also means that smartphones that support Google’s ARcore unless and until it is the Street View is available wherever you are.


Google Map’s augmented reality innovation has been open in early alpha mode to both Google Pixel users and Google Maps Local Guides. But now it will be rolling out to everyone. Looking at some of the features available with the early version in March, and it appears like the version today should be much similar. It would have the same ability to just pat on any location nearby in Maps, tap the “Directions” button and then navigating to “Walking,” then clicking “Live View” which you can find at the bottom of the screen.

The Live View feature is not created with the purpose that one will hold up the phone regularly as you walk. Rather, it grants fast, easy and super-useful adjustment by displaying the signs and big, simple street markers superimposed on the real scene in front of you.

The best thing about Live View is it tells which direction a person should head next by displaying massive arrows and direction overlays on your screen. Due to this feature, it becomes easier for the person while navigating an unfamiliar area. That gives the provision of very much comfortable to familiarize yourself in unusual environments. This is hugely advantageous when traveling in an unknown region.

Google Maps is also getting several extra upgrades which include a one-stop “Reservations” tab in Maps for all the stored flights, hotel stays and much more. At the same time, it is backed up offline. This, and a newly redesigned Timeline. The timeline is airing on Android devices just for a few days. This will also be rolling out for everyone to use over the next few weeks.

This new augmented reality (AR) walking paths, which are known presently as Google Maps Live View, are made available by Google to a much broader range of Android phones and the iPhone presently. The directions are overlaid right on the top of the camera view to make the building and destinations visible faster.

Here is how you can test out the Live View feature:

  • Search for a place you want to walk to or tap it on the map
  • Click on the directions button at the bottom
  • Select walking directions present at the top of your mobile screen
  • Tap on the new Live View choice at the bottom of your mobile screen

The new Google Maps Live View feature is a component of more important updates to Google’s mapping service. Google aims o be the place you plan your trips from start to finish. And they are upgrading Travel and Maps to be the same. They are adding more features that can help the travelers to plan their trips.

Augmented Reality is the technology which had caught our fancy like no other technology earlier. This technology is often bestowed as futuristic technology. It has changed from being a science concept to be a science-based reality. AR has grown from customer space and corporate space equally. There has been a time when the cost of augmented reality was so much that the designers could only daydream of working on design projects that are included in it. But now the scenario has changed and the technology is available on mobile phones as well.

According to the specialists, the AR market could be rising to £122 billion by 2024 to mix the reality with fantasies in images. There are some more hurdles in AR that are yet to settle. But with the developments like how Google has brought in the Live View feature, the scope of AR technology can be seen touching new heights in the market.

The technology experts anticipate to see the most progress in the healthcare industry because of augmented reality technology. The travel industry is assumed to boom as 84% of customers worldwide. There are 42% people believe that AR is the tomorrow of tourism. The future will belong to AR when it comes to advancing the task performance or the quality of the output of an experience for the customer. Mobile phones will see the most change due to this technology as it will provide the opportunities to magnify the user experience beyond measurement.

In today’s dog-eat-dog situation Augmented Reality plays an essential role to improve the business potency and give a new shape to the organizations. Buyers are not only expecting just a product or a service but they are looking for a great personalized experience incorporated with the product or service. It is the experience which is influencing their buying judgment. That is why the augmented reality can be a new tool for you to conquer the market and place yourself on top in the competition. It is supporting many businesses and industries to enhance the collaboration and generate new features to master the latest powerful challenges and in coming future it will open many more doors of business possibilities.

Looking at the current scenario, the implementation of AR technology is almost everywhere. The various industries that are using AR are healthcare, real estate, retail, travel and tourism, marketing, military, navigation, etc. These industries are experiencing the great benefits of the augmented reality and the technology is reaping high profits for the businesses using it.

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