The new Google Maps update will allow you to use Augmented Reality (AR) to explore key places in big cities.
The feature is called Live View, and it used to be It was first hinted at in September During the Google Search event on the 22nd. By clicking on the new camera icon in the search bar in Maps, a series of augmented reality points will appear on the screen, highlighting landmarks, shops and even ATMs. All you have to do is point your smartphone camera around the area around you. These points will tell you how far away the company is and in what direction. Locations that are not in immediate view will also be highlighted, According to the advertisement (Opens in a new tab).
Point the camera directly at a point (Opens in a new tab) A bubble will appear telling you basic information such as the site’s hours of operation and whether or not the place has good reviews. If you’re looking for a specific restaurant or theme park, you can browse the categories to help you narrow things down.
Live View brings Thanksgiving Week for Android and iOS to London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo. We asked Google if there are plans to expand to other major cities in the near future. This story will be updated if we hear back.
Along with Live View, Google Maps is getting two more modest additions that are available in more locations, starting today for both Android and iOS.
Electric vehicle (EV) owners will have an easier time finding the best charging station with the new “Quick Charge” filter. This highlights stations equipped with vehicle chargers with an output of 50 kW or higher. And if your electric vehicle uses a specific type of plug, you can narrow down compatible terminals using the supplied plug filter. Note that these changes are only available in countries with electric vehicle charging stations.
Accessible venues, which highlight wheelchair-friendly spaces, are experiencing global expansion. You can activate this feature by going to the Google Maps Settings menu and toggling the Reachable Places widget. After that, you will See wheelchair icons on business profiles On the maps it tells you if the place is wheelchair accessible. The tool relies on the community providing accurate information, so Google is asking people to help edit these profiles and add accessibility code to the appropriate places.
Elsewhere, the company is updating its other platforms with new shopping-related features as we head into the holiday season. Google AR will help you find files (Opens in a new tab) The perfect foundation according to specific criteria such as skin tone or face shape. Sneaker admins will appreciate the ability to preview the shoes in their rooms via 3D models as they work out fine details like color and treads (although the amount of supported shoe brands is somewhat limited). Then there is the focus around food Google Lens Multisearch update To help people find the name of a particular dish.
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