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Google Introduces a New App to Locate Qibla

Google Qibla Finder

A new app has been launched by Google which is based on augmented reality. This app will tend to make the lives of Muslims around the world a lot easier especially during the month of Ramadan.

The service can work with any operating system and web browser making it compatible with all the devices.

If you are an Android user, the app will require access to your location and phone camera. After giving the permission to the app, it turns the camera on and draws a line in the direction of the Qibla. By following the line on your smartphone’s camera, one can easily find the camera.

On the other hand, the iPhone users cannot benefit from the camera-only feature.

Google says:

“We use the location of Kaaba (Lat 21.4224779 Long 39.8251832) and your current location (provided by GPS or manually) to determine the most direct route between two points on the globe, also known as the great-circle distance.”

Through the haversine formula, the distance can easily be calculated. If seen on a flat surface, the line from your location to the Qibla can appear to be bent.

Unfortunately, the app works with only those phones which have a compass. So, if you have a compass in your smartphone then do not forger to calibrate it.

By heading to qiblafinder with google to find the Qibla through the web on your laptop or your PC. However, the augmented reality features will not be used in this.

Some time ago, the officials from Google Maps were called to resolve the border disputes between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A senior member of the Pakistani security said, “Officials from the geological survey departments of the two countries will conduct a survey, and they will also make use of Google Maps.”

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  • Google Qibla Finder: google

About Palwasha Qasim

Palwasha Qasim is a graduate of the University of the Punjab in communication studies and an alum of the Global UGRAD Pakistan. She loves to write about technology news.