Have you ever been out for a walk, looked out to the horizon and wondered what you could see in the distance?
Now, you can see beyond the map with the brand new augmented reality (AR) feature in the OS Maps app, exclusive to premium subscribers. The augmented reality view in OS Maps uses the GPS technology in your phone to recognise your location, so that you can simply open the app and pan around the landscape with your phone or tablet's in-built camera and find out what’s nearby and where to explore next. You can unlock a whole new world of information without needing any additional guidebooks!
The helpful labels include hill and mountain names, nearby forest and woodland, transport links, towns and villages and more. And what's more, if you have a data connection you can press on a label to get even more local area information including routes, places to stay and local images.
The really good news
If you subscribe to either Country Walking or Trail magazine, you get free access to the OS Maps premium service and can access the augmented reality view on your iOS or android device. If you're already a subscriber but haven't taken up the offer, click here to find out more. Not currently a subscriber? Not to worry - that's easily rectified here.
Once you're signed up to OS Maps, simply download the OS Maps app for your device from either Apple iTunes or Google Play and then look for the augmented reality symbol in the app screen or select AR from the left-hand menu.
For the augmented reality view to work, Ordnance Survey recommend having the latest version of your device's operating system installed. As OS Maps augmented reality view uses location data, it requires your phone's hardware to include a compatible compass and a gyroscope system. If your phone is not compatible, you will not see the icon for the feature in the app.
Click here for more information on the new OS Augmented Reality mode in the OS Maps app.