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Google Maps Mobile Streetview … near-Nirvana experience

I’ve been playing around with Google Maps Mobile Streetview. Just brilliant.

In Portugal this weekend, I flicked out my E90 (running an older version, alas) and watched my taxi journey from airport to hotel. There’s something rather reassuring to see your little blue dot heading along unfamiliar streets and highways on the way to your destination.

I caught Google’s latest Maps update from the main Google Blog (although there’s more detail on the Google Mobile blog).

Streetview was, for quite a while, only relevant if you lived in America. In San Francisco this year, I thoroughly enjoyed — and hugely valued — the ability to view actual streets and doors from Google Maps.

Now you can get it on your mobile.

Genius.

The Google Team have made a swish little video demonstrating how it works. Have a watch of this to appreciate just how near-Nirvana the experience is:

So, you’re searching for something, you want decent and quick results, you’re wanting geographic-centric results, you want a bit of reassurance/familiarity with Streetview. Excellent.

This is exactly what I’ve been wanting for a while. Google Maps Mobile is one of my ‘required’ mobile apps on whatever handset I’m using. Streetview upgrades it.

Now I’d like to see the entire world Streetviewed. Particularly the UK.

You can see an example of Streetview in action in San Francisco (on your desktop) with this link. It’s the Moscone West Center, where CTIA September 2008 was held.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

6 replies on “Google Maps Mobile Streetview … near-Nirvana experience”

I'm a little confused by this new version. For a start I couldn't download it from google.com/gmm on my phone – it kept giving me the previous 2.2.0.11 version (which I already have installed on my phone). Going to http://m.google.com/maps did the same. In the end I went to the 2nd url on my PC and was able to download 2.3.1, then bluetoothed the jad file to my phone (which worked fine).

After installing 2.3.1 on my Nokia N95 8GB (which is listed as a compatible phone) it would appear that the 'my location' feature that works brilliantly in 2.2.0.11 doesn't exist! I went to 'help' and was told that 'this device does not support the my location feature' – and yet the previous version did? Huh?

I now have both versions installed, but the new version seems a little obsolete if it's not making use of the GPS function on my phone? Surely Google wouldn't remove the 'my location' feature from a flagship handset such as the N95 8GB after already supporting it in previous versions of the software?

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