Google announced today that it has added its Street View feature to Google Maps from the mobile browser. This means that iOS users who lost their beloved Maps app in favor of Apple’s newer, much criticized rendition, can once again use the feature. It also means users of other non-iOS devices can also use the feature from the mobile web, without necessarily having to use the Google Maps app.
“Starting today, use Street View on your mobile browser to check out a new shop across town or get a feel for the ambiance at a restaurant before you arrive,” says Google Maps product manager Amanda Leicht. “To use Street View on your mobile browser simply go to maps.google.com and search for a location. Then click the ‘pegman’ icon at the bottom right of your screen to access Street View. And to view still more helpful imagery, such as a photos shared by users or interior panoramas, visit the business’ Google+ Local page.”
“Also, transit, driving, biking and walking directions continue to be available on your mobile browser to help you help guide you to your destination,” she adds.
Google suggests that iOS device users save a bookmark for Google Maps to their home screen. While, Google doesn’t specifically mention the quality of Apple Maps, the idea here is that you can just as easily access Google Maps as you can Apple Maps, which many will no doubt to (if they haven’t already).