July 4, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google is adding a new air quality layer to Google Maps on mobile devices.
  • The new layer will display the Air Quality Index (AQI) based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency and PurpleAir.
  • Users are already able to view air quality information on Nest Hub devices.
  • The new feature will help users stay pr

Summer is just around the corner, so many areas are getting ready for wildfire season. This can lead to a drop in air quality, which can negatively affect your health. Fortunately, Google Maps is gaining a new feature to help you stay aware of the air quality around you.

This week, the company announced that it’s adding a new Air Quality later to Google Maps on iOS and Android phones. Users can view the Air Quality Index (AQI) on various points of a map while also receiving guidance on outdoor activities. Users will also have access to helpful links to better explain air quality and can view when the information was last updated and by which agency.

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Google worked with agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and PurpleAir to display air quality information on Maps. The company says working with PurpleAir provides plenty of local data points thanks to its low-cost sensor network.