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 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.
Google’s underwater Street View launched last September, but Google’s Ocean program actually began six years ago, when one of the founders of Keyhole (which, after being acquired by Google, later became Google Earth), was inspired to also look into mapping the ocean.
My wife's 4s in street view (google maps) shows a little thing in the corner which allows you to know which way you are facing... Why is this great feature not on google's own Android platform I wonder!?