Google Maps receives features like indoor AR Live View, Air and Weather information with the latest update.
Announced through a post on Google Maps help forum, the search giant detailed that its Maps is getting the Compass back as a widget on the app. The Compass will be visible on the right side of the screen while a user is navigating to a destination. When the phone is rotated in any direction, the red arrow will always point north. The post also specified that for users to experience Compass, they would require Google Maps version 10.62 or higher. The feature was never removed for iOS users but was removed from Android in 2019.
Google also announced through a blog post that it is introducing some new features for Maps. These include: Indoor AR navigation: This will allow users to use Maps Live View indoors at places like airports, malls, and transit stations. Weather and air quality information: This will allow users to quickly view the current and forecasted weather and air conditions of an area. Grocery pickup integration: Users will be able to view grocery stores online. It will also let them place orders directly and schedule delivery/ pick-ups. The feature will be integrated through Google Search.
More Electric Vehicle-friendly routes for navigation: Google is attempting to assist curb local weather change and it’ll now offer extra eco-friendly routes that can present extra Electric Vehicle charging factors. It may also search for routes which are optimised for decrease gas consumption.
Last month, Google Maps rolled out dark theme on its Android app for users around the globe.
The Google Maps in dark model features a super-dark shade of grey for the map background. The street names come in a lighter shade of grey, allowing users to easily spot the important landmarks and roads.