One of the coolest apps of Google, so far, has yet to witness the daylight for most consumers. We are talking about live AR walking directions by Maps—now dubbed as Live View—that displays you through a Pokémon-akin visual overlay on how to reach your location. Now, Google has declared that it is launching Live View out in much broader beta to modern iOS and Android handsets fitted with ARKit or ARCore.
Media had an opportunity to test the application in an early beat in February last year, and users discovered it to be very cool but still a bit clumsy around the edges. Google at its developer conference disclosed a restricted launch of the app for Local Guides and Pixel devices owners. One of the major modifications it made was to restrict screen time to make the experience secure while walking.
Apart from Live View, Google Maps disclosed a Reservations section in “Places” that allows you to see all your hotel reservations and flight in one location whether you are offline or online. It has also got an upgraded variant of the Timeline (only on Android) that makes it simple to find a location you have visited earlier, considering you have turned on Location History.
On a related note, Google earlier claimed that it is killing yet one more app, even though you may not mind quite as much with this one. The firm is closing down its travel app Trips as of this week in favor of directing consumers to both its Google Maps as well as reworked travel search. Your tools and information are not going away—you will, on the other hand, require looking for them in different places.
Notes, reservations, and saved places will still be present in search as long as you log into your account using Google.