Earlier this week the Google Maps team announced new features coming soon to its application, such as ‘Live View’ indoors, eco-friendly routes, air quality, among other new features, but they did not mention an old functionality that has returned after disappearing more than two years ago.
When the Google Maps navigation compass began to disappear in January 2019 not a few users wanted it back showing their displeasure with its disappearance. Two years later Google finally listens to users and recovers the compass.
Google Maps navigation recovers the compass: Here’s how it worksIf you have updated Google Maps, now when you start navigation you will see the new compass icon, just below the option to mute voice prompts and above the report an incident button or music player if you have it enabled.
This option is only useful to know where the north is, but it offers two behaviors. By default, it will work as a normal compass, where the compass will rotate according to our orientation to indicate with the red date where the map is. If we click on the compass the map will be shown facing north, stopping rotating and tilting, it will only be centered on our position.