Augmented Reality in Google Maps puts digital arrows, pens and markers right in front of you as you look through your phone’s camera. Google Maps calls it Live View, it’s been around since August 2019, and it’s incredibly helpful when you’re trying to get your bearings or find an address or pinned location.
Google Maps announced on Thursday that iPhone users will “soon” receive an updated live view of the shared location along with all Android users. Pixel – this is Google’s very own smartphone – users last month saw this updated live view, which has even more helpful arrows and directions to help you find a pinned location.
Now if you open the Live View in the Maps app while a friend is sharing a pin while chilling out in the park, you̵
This is what it looks like in Brooklyn’s huge Prospect Park:
Google Maps has also updated its live view to mark landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building and to align pinned position markers more precisely. (Here is the list of cities where landmarks are displayed: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Dubai, Florence, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Kyoto, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York , Osaka, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo and Vienna.)
You can also find Live View on the Transit tab when walking or from a train station in the Maps app. Live View only works on newer phones that are AR compatible.