The initial Live View concept that Google demoed at I / O 2018 saw the Maps application score and overlay information in the real world. This is a fuller feature AR experience that is not limited to walking directions. Now two years old, Google is preparing to fulfill its original vision.
At the tail end of Search By 2020 today, Google said it would provide “useful information about a place right from within Live View.” A short demo shows floating pins in locations that first identify what type of store or restaurant a place is. This description follows when it is open and when it closes.
Users can tap to see a star rating and if it is currently busy. A compact sheet is slipped to open the standard list. Google sells this capability as information retrieval by “simply pointing the camera.”;
Those overlays make up Google Maps which already shows AR-esque markers of the area in Street View. Taped annotations identify the type of business – such as overhead maps – and let you “easily get more information about the places they are exploring.” As we mentioned in June:
It displays information for street businesses so you can easily access phone numbers and photos. The functionality will generate annotations for museum artwork in 2017, and will be launched on Google Maps for Android and the web.
That clearly lays the groundwork for Live View, with this feature “in the coming months.”
I / O 2018
In early October, Google announced how the feature will overlay on nearby landmarks to help AR navigate, while Live View can be used to calibrate your current location and orientation. There is also location sharing where you use Live View to find friends instead of places. It can also be accessed without starting the full navigation mode for faster interaction.
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