Hands-on with AR navigation on Google Maps that the company is testing with Local Guides, a group of power users helping Google improve its Maps experience (David Pierce/Wall Street Journal)

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My phone knows where I am at all times: There’s just no hiding from that blue dot in Google Maps.

Well, except for when the blue dot thinks I am across the street, or inside the restaurant two doors down. More than once, blue-dot issues have caused me to walk a considerable way in the wrong direction.

In fairness, even when GPS is screwy,…


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