Anyone who uses the Google Maps app will be well familiar with the blue dot marking their current location. Now, that blue dot comes with its own directional flashlight. It comes with a blue light emitting from it. Google specifically states that this can be thought of as a ‘flashlight guiding your direction’ and that is exactly what it will do.
When you start your updated Google Maps, your little blue dot will face in the same direction as yourself. For example, if you are walking north, the flaslight will also be facing north.
Google also implemented a way to see how well your device’s location settings are calibrated. This is actually the cool part of the announcement. On that blue dot, the wider your beam is, the less accurate your location reading is. The narrower it is, the more accurate your location is.
Read more on this and your compass calibration in the official annoncement.