Smartphones are quite possibly our most valued accessories in this day and age, and Android is getting its own Google Map’s Street View app in order to offer us another service available just within our pocket.
The 2.0 version of Google Maps will now be featured with its Street View as a separate option for Andoid users via the Google Play Store. You will now be able to download it as its own application, and if you have a smartphone with a gyroscope, you can even add more pictures to the already existent extensive database.
Google has made a vast number of photospheres available for users to browse through, but you can upload your own in order to widen their horizons, and possibly add your own street if it hasn’t already been caught by the tech company. However silly it might look like to wander about with the Google Street View open, it could be a useful tool.
It’s currently the lead in the market, with Apple reportedly working on their own version of “street view” since June. It could be said that Google has a great head start and it’ll be difficult for Apple to catch up, so pressure is all on them. They’re building something new, but the other is continually upgrading on an existing system.
For example, Google Maps has been updated with the function of providing restaurant recommendations around major cities such as London, New York or San Francisco. It’s simple, user-friendly, and offers a wide variety of options ranging from breakfast, lunch and dinner, to the ‘family-friendly’ places that might best be suited for your children.
It now provides useful information and pictures that are all aimed at making your eating experience all the more satisfying. Or, at the very least, pointing you in the right direction. It now depends on how much you trust Google’s taste of nice and delicious foods, and the service of recommended restaurants.
If you don’t find yourself in synch with their opinion though, Google Maps has also updated its review section, which could offer you tidbits of other users experiencing the “best spots”. The interactive map is relatively simple to use, without too many unnecessary functions that will only load onto your screen.
According to Google, you “can be confident that Google Maps has you covered”, no matter where you go or what you plan on doing. For some reason, the company was worried that their app will be viewed as an invasion of privacy, and not a helpful tool. Raise your hand if you know why.
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