One of the big features that was lost in the transition from Google Maps in iOS 5 to Apple Maps in iOS 6 was the inclusion of Google’s much lauded Street View. These thousands of photos from the streets of towns and cities around the world gave users the ability to see what the building they’re looking for looks like from the outside. Thankfully, iOS users will be getting a new lease on this feature, via the Google Maps web app.
According to Walt Mossberg:
In fact, Google plans to announce on Thursday that it is adding its popular Street View feature, missing from Apple’s maps, to the Web version of Google Maps accessed from the iPhone and iPad. I tested this addition, which displays 360-degree photographic street views of selected locations, and interior photographic views of certain businesses, using sample links Google sent me. These links worked well, allowing me to see the locations and pan around with a finger.
Also, I believe Google is working on a new Google Maps app for the Apple platform, one that would be offered as an optional download.
Assuming his sources are accurate (which they doubtless are), that means you’ll be able to get Street View shots on the web app version of Google Maps from tomorrow. It’s one more step towards replacing the lost functionality — and while it might not be as fast or flexible as a native app, it’ll do in a pinch.
If you don’t already know how, here’s a quick guide to adding Google Maps to your home screen as a web app.