Google Maps Adds Historical Street View Feature to Mobile, Unveils New Camera


Google is celebrating the anniversary of Street View on Google Maps by releasing new features and a brand new camera. First of all, the company is bringing its popular Street View feature of 220 billion photos in more than 100 countries and territories, to mobile. With the new update, Android and iOS users can see historical Street View photos from previous years on the Google Maps mobile app. Google has also revealed a new camera to collect more Street View data. The new device weighs less than 15 pounds and will be available alongside Google Street View cars and Trekker backpacks starting next year.

The search giant via a blog post on Tuesday detailed new features that Google Maps is rolling out to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Street View. Street View is getting upgrades and will be available on Android and iOS platforms allowing users to explore historical Street View images from previous years on the Google Maps mobile app. While viewing the Street View images of a place, users can click anywhere on the image to see details about the location. Then click View more dates to go back to see the historical photos that Google posted of that place when the feature was launched back in 2007.

In addition, the company is experimenting with a new portable camera to take high-quality photos of areas where there are not enough maps such as the Amazon jungle. The new camera features a compatible design and weighs just under 15 pounds. According to Google, it’s about the size of a house cat. It will be released in full next year. It comes with a modular design and customization options and can be attached to any vehicle with a roof rack and powered directly from a mobile device.

The new Street View camera will appear with Google’s existing fleet of Trekker Street View vehicles and backpacks to help users collect high-quality images of areas such as remote islands with more detail including trail or pothole markings.

To celebrate 15 years of Street View, Google is allowing users to customize a chevron symbol that represents their vehicle when on the go for a festive Street View vehicle. Furthermore, the Pegman Pointer will be wearing a birthday hat and balloons. This is only available in the desktop service.


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