In addition to the official unveiling of the cheapest Pixel 3a smartphone at Google I / O, Google took the opportunity to extend its early preview of AR navigation in Google Maps to all Pixel devices.
Having introduced the possibility of last year's Google I / O Google began rolling out the alpha preview of the AR mode to their local guides in February.
In Google Maps, AR navigation overlays arrows, street names, distances, and location pins on the device's camera view. The mode is accessible via the navigation screen when you enter the selected mode of transport.
"This will help you know exactly where you are and exactly which way to start (in areas covered by Street View where there is a good data connection and good lighting)," said Mario Queiroz, executive and vice president for Pixel, in a blog post.
When initialized via the AR button, the camera scans for nearby landmarks. It uses the data view to compare the identified environment with the large Street View library in Google Maps.
In our hands-on with Google Maps AR navigation, we discovered that the feature focused the device quickly on the environment and then came out of the way, and urged users to keep the device down while walking. Ultimately, the feature serves as a preview of how life will look when smart glasses are ready for prime time.
Pixel has become the exclusive first home to many of Google's new technologies, such as Google Lens and Google Assistant, so the expansion of the AR navigation to Google-branded Android devices is not a surprise.
In addition, the next phase of the staged triggering signals will be that they are early to be favorable for expanding the user base of the function, so a larger expansion is so much closer. With Google adding an AR navigation feature for points of interest for the Google I / O app, it is clear that more robust features are far away.
Behind Google Maps, Google Maps is one of Google's most prominent products, so the addition of AR serves as another pillar in its quest to introduce the AR to the ordinary.
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