Google Maps now has a Street View Layer on Android

Joanna Estrada
September 3, 2019

And Google isn't done fine-tuning its navigation app, as the company has finally brought to mobile the one feature that was still missing in action. And you'll rapidly transfer between Street View and standard Maps view on the net version of the app, something that wasn't precisely possible on the mobile app. These indicator lines tell you where there is Street View data available and more importantly where there's not.

Google Maps' Street View is called the "best in the business", and though it's been available on Android for years, it was never as "well-integrated in the app as it's been on desktop". Live View takes advantage of your phone's camera and Google Maps' vast database to deliver a unique AR (augmented reality) navigation experience that layers the Maps interface over a real-time feed from the camera. Of course, Live View is also going to be available only in regions where Street View is available, TechCrunch reports.

The new layer is pretty intuitive, showing the streets on which Google's Street View cars have ventured with the same bright blue color that is used on desktop.

As seen within the screenshots, the Street View layer is clearly seen, and it's very simple to modify back and forth between the default and Street View version of the map.

The feature has started rolling out on Android, and it'll probably find its way to iPhone in the future.

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