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Google Maps Replaces Directional Arrow with a Beam

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Sep 20, 2016, 11:24 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Google today announced a minor change to Google Maps for Android that swaps out the direction arrow with a blue beam. Maps users will no longer see an arrow pointing in the direction of travel and will instead see a blue beam that indicates which way they are going. Google says the beam will also signal how accurate the phone's compass is: narrow beams indicate high accuracy, while wide beams suggest the compass needs calibration. Google Maps is free to download from the Google Play Store.


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Sep 21, 2016, 4:52 PM

Well that's...

probably because the direction of the arrow has been completely inaccurate ever since the interface was change to Material UI. That was well over a year ago, perhaps even two years?
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