Google Maps will now calibrate position and orientation using Live View AR

Google Maps turned 15 earlier this year in February, and therefore the company celebrated its birthday by giving the app a replacement look and extra features. The app, both on iOS and Android, received a big update that included a replacement icon, a redesign for rock bottom navigation bar, new transit features, and updates to the AR-powered Live View feature. In case you aren’t conversant in Live View, it’s an augmented reality feature in Google Maps that allows you to view your surroundings in real-time with overlays highlighting the directions to your destination.

In the anniversary update, Google added a replacement capability in Live View, which allows you to look for a destination on the app and see exactly how far and during which direction the place is. Then, during a following update, Google introduced another change in Live View, which gave users faster access to the AR navigation feature. The company added a Live View floating action button (FAB) right at the forefront, allowing you to open AR navigation with one tap easily. Now, consistent with a recent report from 9to5Google, the corporate is adding yet one more feature in Live View, which can assist you calibrate your location and orientation within the app.

Traditionally, Google Maps makes use of a GPS signal and compass to calibrate your location and orientation within the app. However, GPS has some limitations, especially in dense, urban environments where there's high interference from buildings around you. This is why Google is now making use of the Live View AR feature, together with years worth of Street View data, to work out your location and orientation visually. The new feature pops up once you launch Live View, and it asks you to point at buildings, street signs, and other surroundings. This helps Google Maps understand which direction you’re facing.

To calibrate your location and improve the accuracy of the blue dot on the map, Google has introduced a replacement Calibrate with Live View feature. You can use the feature by tapping on the blue dot and selecting the ‘Calibrate with Live View’ option from the subsequent screen. This launches an equivalent camera UI employed by Live View, and you've got to pan the camera for a couple of seconds to calibrate your location. Once the calibration is completed , your position in Google Maps should be highly accurate, and it won’t jump around. Additionally, the beam which shows the direction you’re facing are going to be replaced by a solid arrow.

If the new Live View feature sounds interesting, you ought to check it out on your device by downloading the newest version of Google Maps from the Play Store link below. The feature appears to be survive several Google Play Services for AR supported devices running both the stable and beta versions of Google Maps. The feature is currently not available on the iOS version of the app.

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