The Compass functionality in Google Maps is being reintroduced for Android users. The function was initially discontinued in 2019 due to compatibility problems, but it has now been reinstated as a result of customer reviews. The Compass functionality in Google Maps for iOS, on the other hand, has not been disabled and will continue to be accessible in the future. The compass can be used in two ways: as a standard compass or as a permanent compass that always points to North. In addition, Google recently unveiled a slew of new Maps features.
The search giant detailed that its Maps is having the Compass back as a widget on the app in a post on the Google Maps support page. When navigating to a destination, the Compass would be visible on the right side of the screen. The red arrow will still point north while the phone is turned in either direction. The post also stated that users would need Google Maps version 10.62 or higher in order to use Compass. For iOS users, the feature was never deleted, but it was removed from Android in 2019.
In a blog post, Google has revealed that it would be launching several new Maps features. There are some of them: Indoor augmented reality navigation: Consumers will be able to access Maps Live View indoors in locations such as airports, malls, and train stations. Weather and air quality data: Consumers would be able to easily see current and forecasted weather and air quality conditions in a given region. Users will be able to view grocery stores online and pick up their groceries. It would also help them to position orders and arrange delivery/pick-ups directly. Google Search will be used to implement the function.
More electric vehicle-friendly navigation routes: As part of its efforts to combat climate change, Google will also have more environmentally friendly navigation routes that have more electric vehicle charging stations. It would also search for routes that have been optimised to use less petrol.