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Google already takes quite a long time running tests for incorporate the Augmented Reality (AR) on Google Maps in order to facilitate the navigation of pedestrians. In fact, since a couple of months, some Local Guides and users of the beta have been testing not only Android phones, but also on an iPhone.
last Monday, coincidiento with the event Google I/O 2019, the company of Mountain View announced, finally, that the Augmented Reality of Google Maps is now available for all of the Pixel, both in the newly-submitted Pixel 3a as in the other models. In Xataka Android we have tested it and we tell you how it works.
Notes on real images
Up to now, to get to our destination with Google Maps, just look at the map from your top-down view and read or listened to the directions of turn. However, thanks to Augmented Reality, these indications appear superimposed on the real images of our environment that we see through the camera of the mobile.
The new feature, which is activated by setting a destination and click the button “Start RA” of the bottom, use the images from Street View and GPS from the mobile to recognize the exact location. The first time you use this new tool, in addition, Google will ask us a series of necessary permissions, such as access to the camera.
from there, we just have to hold the phone on high (in a well-lit area), point the camera of the mobile to our around and be able to see the arrows animated and indicators superimposed over the live image of our surroundings, next to a map at the bottom of the screen. What happens if you continue walking in the wrong direction? There are two options: you can recalcularte the route or, if you have not deviated too much, show you a blue dot to move the camera around you and you indicate where you should go.
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That said, bear in mind that to make use of this function it is necessary to have a connection to the Internet. There is also another important detail: the Augmented Reality only works if we are unemployed and with the mobile lifted. If you try to move on with the phone at high, you get a warning that tells you that you must download the mobile; the download, you’ll see a map “normal”, and when you stop and you go back to lifting, you’ll enjoy the Augmented Reality. This responds to security reasons, that is to say, it is designed for let us not stop gawking looking at the phone.
In our tests, we found that the Augmented Reality Google Maps is not just an added, but that is very complete is particularly useful, for example, at an intersection with multiple streets. Beyond the arrows are animated, the readability of the texts is optimal and is appreciated that you tell us the distance to the devío or the street to which we have to address.
it is clear that the sense of immersion that produces the Augmented Reality facilitates the search of our destination, but be careful, Google warns us that the consumption of battery and mobile data will be higher in the navigation traditional. For the moment, as we said, the owners of a phone Pixel are the only ones who can enjoy the definitive version of this function, but we assume that sooner or later Google will extend to phones of other manufacturers.
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The news Augmented Reality comes to Google Maps: we tested it was originally published in Xataka Android by Laura Sexton .
May 9, 2019
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