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Google Maps update brings new health-related feature to Android and iOS

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Google just rolled out an exciting new feature for Maps users that allows them to track air quality in different regions of the United States. In a world ravaged by industrial pollution, this is a handy feature to help you plan your outdoor activities or vacation.

A new quality layer is now available on Google Maps for both Android and iOS users, along with information about when the index was last updated. While we don’t know how accurate the new feature really is, Google says the air quality layer shows reliable data from government agencies, including the Environment Protection Agency in the United States.

In addition, the company Mountain View calls that Google Maps also shows air quality information from PurpleAir, a low-cost sensor network that gives a more focused picture of conditions.

Google Maps users who want to monitor air quality should add the special layer to their maps by tapping the button in the top right corner of the screen and then selecting Air Quality under Map Details.

At the same time, Google revealed that users can now view air quality information from PurpleAir at Nest screens and speakers. This is a major improvement as the PurpleAir sensor has broad coverage in the US, meaning more people can access this type of information directly from their Nest devices.

In related news, Google announced that in addition to its partnership with the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), which will allow Maps users to see more details about active fires in the area, it will add US smoke data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the air quality information on Google Search.

Kudos to Google for finally adding these new features, helping more people understand how devastating pollution is to the Earth and how close we are to extinction.

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