Google Maps Street View Comes To iOS 6 (Thanks To Garmin)

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As you may know, Apple's iOS has dropped Google Maps, and users who have upgraded to iOS 6 have no Google Maps access from Apple or Google right now. A Google Maps app directly from Google is expected, but for the time being, users are going to either have to get used to Apple Maps (which have been the subject of a great deal of complaints) or find an alternative.

MapQuest announced a new iOS offering today, but Garmin has made some updates that users may find attractive. Among the new features is none other than Google Street View.

You can check out the app in iTunes, where it runs down the new features as follows (via 9to5mac):

- iOS 6 and iPhone 5 support

- URBAN GUIDANCE considers public transportation options, such as subways, trams, busses and water taxis, when calculating pedestrian routes. You will be guided to a transit stop by foot and you're able to look up detailed information on what line to take and where to get off. The feature is available through In App Purchase.

- PANORAMA VIEW 3D provides true 3D elevation views obtained from NASA’s height and terrain data enable intuitive orientation and show users what lies ahead. Panorama View 3D is available through In App Purchase.

- GOOGLE STREET VIEW provides users a street-level view of their destination before starting a route and shortly before arriving. Users can also look at a full-screen 360° view to get a better understanding of their destination's surroundings. The feature is available in cities with Google Street View coverage.

Unfortunately, the app will cost you $44.99, which is significantly more expensive than the free Google Maps app that Google will most likely launch at some point.

Chris Crum
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