Google Maps AR Now Available on non-Pixel and iOS devices


Google is bringing one of the most interesting and useful features to Android phones other than the Pixel and iOS devices. AR Directions are finally rolling out!

The feature called “live view” will be available on any device that supports ARCore or ARKit will be able to use Live View for walking directions. You can access this feature by searching for any location in Google Map. Then, get directions for walking, and a button for Live View will appear at the bottom of the screen.

There’s nothing like exploring a city on foot–it’s a great way to take in the sights and sounds of a new place. But it can be hard to know exactly which direction to go. With a beta feature called Live View, you can use augmented reality (AR) to better see which way to walk. Arrows and directions are placed in the real world to guide your way. We’ve tested Live View with the Local Guides and Pixel community over the past few months, and are now expanding the beta to Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and ARKit starting this week.

Google will have you hold up your phone and scan your surroundings. This will let the app recognize street signs and landmarks to get a sense of where it is.