Google Street View gets immersive with new Cardboard support

Yesterday we were talking about new app features that should have been obvious; at the time, that meant Google Translate picking up the ability to translate text within other Android apps on your device. Today we’re looking at another update to a Google Android app, one that delivers an “of COURSE it should let you do that” moment of its own: Google’s finally marrying the first-person VR view of Cardboard with the mountain of full-360-degree Photo Sphere content users have submitted to Google Maps, as Street View picks up Cardboard support.

Street View users will now be able to hit a Google Cardboard icon to toggle-over to a mode supporting the viewer (maybe something like the new View-Master VR) when looking at publicly shared Photo Spheres. With full head tracking, you’ll be able to look around and check out some scenery from all over the world – right from the comfort of your desk.

Mind you, Photo Sphere imagery may capture pics from all angles, but it’s still all taken by a single lens – so while the head-tracking will make viewing Photo Spheres with Cardboard an interactive experience, it’s still not going to be in actual 3D. But even if you miss out on any sense of depth, we imagine that the extent of available Photo Sphere content on Street View will still give you plenty of entertainment. If you’ve got a Cardboard viewer, fire up Street View and take a look for yourself.

Source: Android Police

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