Last year at I/O 2018, Google debut a new feature in Google Maps that allowed users to use AR to follow walking directions. This involved turn-by-turn arrows that showed you where to go in order to get to your destination. A year later, the feature is finally beginning to roll out, starting with Pixel phones.
Pixel makes it easy to use Google apps like YouTube, Google Photos and Gmail. And you’ll get access to new features first. Pixel 3a and the entire Pixel portfolio will get a preview of AR in Google Maps—the next time you’re getting around town, you can see walking directions overlaid on the world itself, rather than looking at a blue dot on a map. This helps you know precisely where you are, and exactly which way to start walking (in areas covered on Street View where there’s a good data connection and good lighting).
It isn’t clear when Google plans to release AR walking directions for all users, but I suspect we have at least a few months to wait. Because of this, you’ll want to stay tuned.
You can enable AR walking directions in Maps by updating the app through the Play Store on your Pixel.