During its I/O keynote, the American tech giant announced it was bringing an Incognito Mode to Maps.
Most will surely be aware of Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode that does not save browsing history, cookies, site data or any information entered into forms.
Similarly, Incognito Mode for Google Maps will ensure places users search for will not be linked to their account.
The change will surely be incredibly popular with fans that are particularly concerned about their privacy when using such a feature.
Google will display its signature Incognito logo within Maps when the user has activated the feature.
“Our teams have been working really hard to combine the power of the camera, the computer vision, with Street View and maps to reimagine walking navigation.”
However, at Google I/O 2019 the firm announced it was rolling out a preview version of Google Maps AR to all Pixel owners.
The feature will present itself when fans attempt to navigate to another location by walking.
Next to the “start” button that will initiate the traditional method of navigation there will be a button that says “start AR”.
Once users press the key they will be presented with a new user interface that places a traditional map view towards the bottom of their screen.
The rest of the handset’s panel will be used for the phone’s camera; Google Maps will then intelligently analyse the user’s surroundings in order to establish where they are.
As the name of the mode suggests, Google Maps will then display directions in augmented reality (AR).
This means huge arrows will be presented showing the user where they need to walk.
Google has told Express.co.uk that, for the moment, the function has only been designed to work in urban areas such as the City of London for instance.
It is worth emphasising the version of Google Maps AR rolling out to Pixel owners right now is still a preview edition.
Originally discussed at the firm’s I/O developer conference last year, Google Maps AR attempts to solve one of the biggest problems with the software.
At the time Aparna Chennapragada, the vice president for Google Lens and AR at Google, said: “The cameras in our smartphones, they connect us to the world around us in a very immediate way; they help us save a moment, capture memories and communicate. But with advances in AI and computer vision we said ‘what if the cameras can do more?’, what if the cameras can help us answer questions such as ‘where am I going?’ or ‘what’s that in front of me?’
“Let me paint a familiar picture; you exit the subway, you’re already running late for an appointment, or a tech company conference, and then your phone says ‘head south on Market Street’.
“So what do you do? One problem, you have no idea which way is south, so you look down at the phone, you’re looking at that blue dot on the map and you are starting to walk to see if it’s moving in the same direction.