Google has paid a €1 million ($1.4 million) fine in Italy levied by the country’s data protection watchdog for complaints relating to its Street View street-level image capturing cars that date back to 2010. At issue was a failure by Google to make its Street View cars clearly identifiable.
Google Earth for Android received an update to version 7.1.1 today which brings three important new features. The biggest of these is the addition of Street View to Google Earth. The Google Maps app already had Street View, but now Google Earth users can join in on the fun.
A while back, Google started bringing its Street View technology indoors under the name Google Business Photos. These images, however, were often hard to find and somewhat buried on Google’s local listings and Google Maps.
Google Street View now has 90,000 new panoramic images of Angkor Wat's famous temples. The gorgeous photos were taken during sunrise at more than 100 historic sites, including Bayon Temple and the Ramayana's Battle of Lanka bas relief carvings. Equipment used include Google's Street View cars and Trekkers, or backpack-mounted cameras. Read More
Google has yet to publish a native Google Maps app for Apple’s iOS devices (although we hear it’s coming soon), but in the meantime it continues to beef up the experience on its iOS-focused web app, today adding its popular Street View functionality, for users to see actual images of a location or a route. The news that this was coming first came out yesterday, in the WSJ.
As the fallout from Apple’s decision to launch its own mapping app for iOS continues, Google is clearly trying to turn Apple’s problems into an opportunity for itself. Without a native Google Maps for iOS app, however, Google’s only way onto the iPhone is as a web app.