Google Maps gets air quality updates for Android and iOS

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Google released a major update earlier this month that brought its Pixel phones a host of new features like flashlight reminders, an updated sound booster app, and Real Tone Filters. Included in the mix was a feature called air quality alert, which as the name suggests, provides users with alerts about the air quality index of their current location. Now the company has announced that it is bringing similar features to other Android phones and some iPhones as well. Also Read: Google Rolls Out Massive Update to Meet for Students: Here’s What’s New

The company announced today that it is adding a feature to Google Maps that will allow Android and iOS users to check the air quality details of a specific area they select. These details include the Air Quality Index, or AQI, a measure of how healthy (or unhealthy) the air is, along with guidance for outdoor activities, when the information was last updated, and links to learn more. Also Read – A Google Chromecast With 1080p Streaming May Be Launching Soon

According to Google, this information comes from trusted government agencies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, and is intended to help users make more informed decisions about whether it’s safe to go on a hike or other outdoor adventure. In addition to government agencies, Google also shows air quality information from PurpleAir, a low-cost sensor network that offers a more hyper-local view of conditions. Also Read – Google’s June Feature Drop for Pixel Phones Includes Air Quality Alert, Sound Booster and More

How to use: To add the air quality layer to your map, simply tap the button in the top right corner of your screen, then select Air Quality under Map Details.

Wildfire Alerts

In addition to showing air quality information, Google also shows details of wildfires raging in an area on Google Maps. “Before you head out, turn on the wildfire layer on Google Maps for more details on active fires in the area thanks to our partnership with the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). Or, for larger wildfires, you can use search to look for “wildfires near me,” and we’ll display associated air quality information along with useful information about the fire,” Google wrote in a blog post announcing the new features .

As for availability, both of these features will be available in the US soon, and there is no word on when these features will be available in other countries including India.





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