Google Maps Compass returns on Android, along with new features. The compass was initially withdrawn in 2019 due to usability problems.
Google however retained compass on Google Maps for iOS.The Compass can be used as a standard compass or by always pointing to the North.
Google made this announcement in a post on the Google Maps support forum that its Maps on the Android platform are getting the Compass back as a widget on the app.
When navigating to a destination, the Compass will be visible on the right side of the screen. The red arrow will always point north when the phone is rotated in either direction.
Users would need Google Maps version 10.62 or higher to use Compass. Google also revealed in a blog post that it is launching new Maps features. Google has launched an Indoor AR navigation feature.
With the help of this feature, users will be able to use Maps Live View indoors in locations such as airports, shopping centres, and transit stations.
The grocery pickup integration feature will allow viewing grocery stores online. It will also allow them to place orders and schedule delivery and pick-ups. The feature can also access through Google Search.
Weather and air quality information is another feature Google has added to Maps. This will enable users to easily monitor an area’s current and forecasted weather and air quality.
More Electric Vehicle-friendly routes for navigation feature allows users to find eco-friendly routes that provide more Electric Vehicle charging stations. It will also check out routes that have been developed for lower fuel consumption.