Google has brought back compass widgets cards on AndroidThe feature was reportedly removed from the app earlier. Google discontinued the Maps compass widgets back in 2019 to free up more space on the navigation screen, according to a report in PhoneArena. .
Google has apparently reintroduced the function in Maps by popular demand. The feature shows users north on the map home screen with a little red pointer. The Compass widget is located on the right side of the screen. If you can’t see it yet, you can try updating the Maps app.
Google previously said it has more than 100 AI-based improvements in the pipeline for Google Maps to make it more accurate and flexible for use. One of the highlighted is the indoor use of Live View. “Live View is based on a technology called Global Localization, which uses AI to scan billions of Street View images in order to understand your orientation,” the company describes the function.
The Live View update enables users to navigate crowded places like airports, transit stations, and shopping malls. Google also stated that it is improving the weather tracking capabilities in maps with a new weather layer to show the current and forecast temperature, and with an air quality layer to see if the air is healthy enough to venture into.
Google Maps will soon also offer a new feature that will help you take greener routes and reduce your carbon footprint. By default, the route with the lowest carbon footprint is used if it has roughly the same ETA as the fastest route. In cases where the green route could add a significant boost to your ETA, you can compare the relative carbon impacts between routes so you can choose. “Said Google in a blog post.