Google Bringing Street View To iOS Web-Based Google Maps

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We just spent a little time thinking about Google’s potential moves regarding an iOS Google Maps app, following all the disappointment over Apple’s Maps in iOS 6. While we’re inclined to take Google at its word that it hasn’t started development of anything like that (and wouldn’t without Apple expressing some interest), that’s not to say that iOS users are totally cut off from Google Maps, as they always have the web version to fall back upon. Of course, that’s not quite as full-featured as a stand-alone app, but Google’s working on making that better; the latest rumor suggests that Google could debut Street View in its web-based Google Maps for the iOS community as soon as tomorrow.

In a Wall Street Journal article, All Things Digital’s Walt Mossberg writes that Google intends to launch the feature this Thursday, and that he’s had a chance to try out this web-based Street View himself. It sounds like the implementation works relatively smoothly, and users will be able to drag their fingers and pan through the imagery just like a stand-alone app.

That may not be quite the same as a proper app (which Mossberg also thinks is forthcoming), but it’s a nice holdover until something better’s available.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Via: 9to5 Mac

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!