After taking a cappuccino, I turned to the Android demonstration phone, thanked the Google team and returned to the Business Insider office.
I did not know exactly where I was in San Francisco's financial district, I felt I was longing for the AP's cards.
Although I knew I was usually heading in the right direction, the AR feature made it so easy to get a quick "common sense check" that I was right.
Although the graphics were sometimes a bit unpleasant, the alpha version of the app generally worked smoothly, and the consumer experience seemed to be in place.
Although Google will not reveal an official launch date, I would be surprised if the wider performance does not come very soon, based on how close is the feature of completeness.
And I hope it's true, because only after we use the AR feature in Google Maps for less than a mile, I miss it.