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Google Maps will get geospatial AR content later this year

At its annual Google I/O 2024 conference, Google announced that users will soon be able to access geospatial augmented reality (AR) content directly on Google Maps on their phones. The feature will first be rolled out in Singapore and Paris as part of a pilot program launching later this year.

Users will be able to access AR content by first searching for a location in Google Maps. If there is AR content at that location and the user is near the location, they will have to click on the image that says “AR Experience” and then pick up their phone.

If someone is exploring a place remotely, they can see the same AR experience in Street View. After exploring AR content, users can share the experience via deep link URLs or QR codes on social media.

In Singapore, users will be able to explore popular landmarks such as Singapore’s Chinatown and Gardens by the Bay, sample local dishes and watch a dragon dance ceremony. In Paris, users will be able to see scenes from the National Pavilion along the Seine River at the 1900 Universal Exposition and visualize different modifications of the famous Eiffel Tower.

Google says these AR features lay the foundation for the extended reality (XR) platform it’s building for the Android ecosystem in partnership with Samsung and Qualcomm.

Read more about Google I/O 2024 at TechCrunch

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