Live view in Maps is one of Google’s more powerful technologies. It directs you through the real world via an AR overlay on your screen, showing you which way you turn, which is much easier when you are in an unfamiliar city and an incredible compass. Starting with Pixel phones running on Android 11, Google is making this feature even more useful. When a friend is sharing their location with you, you will be able to navigate them through the live view.

Once your friends share their location with you on Maps, you can tap their PIN. If you are on update, you should see a live view option in a circular button on the right side of your screen. Tap it, and you’ll find yourself in the live view interface, where your friends are currently. In places like public parks or when the two of you are roaming, you should help find each other, as you get a live update on your friends’ antics.

Other Pixel-exclusive Android 11 features include English-only Smart Answer suggestions on top of Google’s system keyboard Gboard, app suggestions in the launcher, and enhanced screenshot tools (though other manufacturers have long outpaced the Pixel phones in that regard is).

For now, the new Maps feature is Pixel Exclusive, but the language surrounding the launch suggests that it should be available on all Android phones in the future. Since Google is rolling out the capability via a server-side switch, the latest application version will not guarantee that you will get it. It is a good idea to always be up to date, so check the Play Store for updates or get the latest APK from APK Mirror.

Maps - Navigate and explore
Maps - Navigate and explore