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Google launches Qibla Finder app

Google has launched the Qibla Finder, a new web service which helps users find the right direction of the Qibla in Makkah using augmented reality.

According to a Gulf News report, the Qibla Finder is accessible through mobile browsers. Once the users permit the app to identify their location they can optimise the service regardless of their device’s model.

On Android devices, the webapp uses augmented reality technology to draw a clear blue line in the imagery imagery the phone camera sees, pointing users towards the Kaaba without saving any pictures or imagery. The service works similarly on iOS devices but without the imagery.

According to the report, the new feature follows a series of updates to Google applications to help users mark the month of Ramadan. The updates include Ramadan-specific notifications on Google Maps, a collection of discounts on the the Google Play Store on top premium applications and books, as well as a collection of the month’s most critically acclaimed Ramadan TV series on YouTube Mosalsalat.

All details about the Qibla Finder and the other updates are now on Google’s Ramadan Hub, a website the company launched in 2014 to help users navigate the different ways Google can help them during Ramadan.

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