Google Adds Street View to Web-Based Google Maps for Mobile Devices

As noted by iPhoneinCanada.ca, Google today added its Street View functionality to the web-based version of its Google Maps product available to iOS and other mobile device users. With Apple's transition to its own Maps app in iOS 6, users still wishing to use Google Maps have been able to do so through the maps.google.com web app, but the web version has been missing some features compared to the native iOS app that was previously available on Apple's devices.

Our own tests with Google Street View via the Google Maps web app were very straightforward. Just load up the maps.google.com web app in mobile Safari, tap on a location and a new bottom bar emerges with an icon of a person. Tap that and voila–you have Street View, which opens up in a new tab displaying the URL maps.gstatic.com.

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Access to the feature appears to require that users allow the web-based Google Maps app to access their locations.

Google is reportedly working on its own native iOS maps app for submission to the App Store, but that app is not expected to be ready for several more months. In the meantime, Google appears to be beefing up its web-based maps to help bridge the gap while also enhancing functionality for other mobile devices.

Top Rated Comments

kas23 Avatar
151 months ago
Another useless app that chews lots of data and requires a data connection to work.

-Mike

Safari is useless? Huh?

You do know that Apple Maps requires a data connection too, as well as kills your battery when you use it. Or are you bashing that as well?
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
unplugme71 Avatar
151 months ago
Making a shortcut to the maps.google works better than I thought it would. It doesn't lag in Safari as much as I thought it would.

that's because safari is snappier
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mdnz Avatar
151 months ago
Actually, you are wrong. Apple Maps does not need data. The map is self contained in the app, it just needs a GPS signal.

This is not true. It will only show cached data. You still need a data connection to zoom into places you have not viewed before yet.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wgr73 Avatar
151 months ago
Great! Another cool addition. iMaps is still better :D
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ChazUK Avatar
151 months ago
Actually, you are wrong. Apple Maps does not need data. The map is self contained in the app, it just needs a GPS signal.

Works great in airplane mode....

/s

U trollin'? :confused:
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikefla Avatar
151 months ago
Another useless app that chews lots of data and requires a data connection to work.

-Mike
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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