What you need to know
- Google has started using Live View to calibrate users' location in Maps.
- To calibrate with Live View, you will need to point your phone cameras at buildings and signs across the street.
- The new 'Calibrate with Live View' option is now available on ARCore-compatible Android smartphones running the latest version of Google Maps.
Google Maps gained a new featured called Live View last year, allowing users to get around more confidently with the help of augmented reality. Google has now quietly introduced the ability to use Live View to calibrate your location in Maps on Android devices (via 9to5Google).
It is usually quite challenging to pinpoint a location in dense urban environments, mainly due to low visibility and interference from buildings. Since GPS often "falls short" in urban environments, Google's latest solution uses the camera on your phone and Street View data to determine your precise location. To "Calibrate with Live View," you will need to tap on the blue location dot in Google Maps and tap on the option. Next, point your phone camera at buildings and street signs around you. After you are done calibrating, the blue location dot will no longer jump around. It is important to note, however, that this will only work in locations where Street View is available.
The Calibrate with Live View option is now available on all Android phones that support ARCore. Along with being ARCore-compatible, your phone must also be running the latest stable or beta version of Google Maps.