Google Maps gets air quality updates on Android, iOS
Google earlier this month released a major update which brought a host of new features such as flashlight reminders, an updated sound booster app and real tone filters to its Pixel smartphones. Included in the mix was a feature called Air quality alert, which, as the name suggests, provides users with air quality index alerts for their current location. Now the company has announced that it is bringing similar features to other Android phones and some iPhones. Read also – Google is rolling out a massive Meet update for students: here’s what’s new
The company today announced that it is bringing a feature to Google Maps that will allow Android and iOS users to check the air quality details of a particular area they select. These details include the Air Quality Index or AQI, a measure of how good (or unhealthy) the air is, as well as advice for outdoor activities, when the information was last updated and links to find out more. Also Read – A Google Chromecast with 1080p streaming may be launching soon
Google says this information comes from trusted government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, and is intended to help users make more informed decisions about whether it’s safe to do so. hiking or other outdoor adventures. In addition to government agencies, Google will also show air quality information from PurpleAir, which is a low-cost sensor network that gives a more hyperlocal view of conditions. Also Read – Google’s June feature removal for Pixel phones includes Air Quality Alert, Sound Booster and more
How to use: To add the air quality layer to your map, just tap the button in the top right corner of your screen, then select Air Quality under Map Details.
Forest fire alerts
In addition to showing air quality information, Google will also show details about wildfires raging in an area on Google Maps. “Before you go, turn on the wildfire layer in Google Maps to see more details of active fires in the area through our partnership with the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). Or, for larger wildfires, you can use search to search for “wildfires near me”, and we’ll show related air quality information along with helpful information about the fire. “, Google wrote in a blog post announcing the new features.
As far as availability is concerned, these two features will soon be available in the US and it is unknown when these features will arrive in other countries including India.