Google Maps is relaunching the Compass feature for Android users. The feature was first removed in 2019 due to reliability issues, but is now reverting due to frequent feedback from users. However, Google Maps for iOS did not lose the compass feature and will be available in the future. The compass can be used in two formats – as a regular compass or it can point north all the time. In addition, Google recently announced a host of new features for Maps.
Announced via a post on the Google Maps Help Forum, the search giant reported that its maps are getting Compass back as a widget on the app. The compass will appear on the right side of the screen while a user is navigating to the destination. When the phone is rotated in any direction, the red arrow will always point north. The post also specified that for users to experience Compass, they would need Google Maps version 10.62 or higher. This feature was never removed for iOS users but was removed from Android in 2019.
Google also announced, through a blog post, that it was introducing some new features for Maps. These include: Indoor AR Navigation: This will allow users to use Maps Live View in places such as airports, malls and transit stations. Weather and air quality information: This will allow users to quickly see the current and forecasted weather and air conditions of an area. Grocery Pickup Integration: Users will be able to view grocery stores online. This will allow them to place orders directly and schedule delivery / pick-up. The feature will be integrated through Google search.