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Google Maps for Android and iOS bring Air Quality Index readings to Singapore (updated)

By Liu Hongzuo - on 23 Nov 2022, 3:36pm

Google Maps for Android and iOS bring Air Quality Index readings to Singapore (updated)

This article was first published on 9 June 2022.

23 November 2022 Update: This Google Maps feature is now available in Singapore. More details below.

Google Maps Air Quality Index (AQI) feature.

Google Maps recently added Air Quality Index (AQI) readings and Wildfire notifications to its Android and iOS app.

Example of AQI readings in Google Maps. Source: Google.

According to Google, the new AQI feature allows users to see air quality data before they head out by showing a measure of how healthy the air is, along with some guidance around outdoor activities. In the U.S., AQI data comes from the country’s Environmental Protection Agency and PurpleAir, a sensor network that taps into Google Nest devices. 

To enable AQI, select the Air Quality layer (found in the same menu where Street View is).

AQI data is not available, although the option has been added for Google Maps (iOS) in our region (9 June 2022). Source: HWZ.

As of publishing this article (9 June 2022), the updated Google Maps app in iOS has both Air Quality and Wildfire layers available, but air quality data itself is not available for our region (Singapore and Malaysia). We’ve asked Google Singapore when this feature will be available to us.

Credit: Google Singapore.

23 November 2022 Update: The Air Quality Index feature in Google Maps is now officially available in Singapore. The data comes from Singapore's National Environment Agency (NEA), and it includes precautionary tips for sensitive and non-sensitive groups.

Source: Google (blog)

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