10 December 2008
S60 Devices Gets Street Views
With New Version Of Google Maps!
In case you hadn't noticed, the Google Street View team has been busy photographing France, Italy, Spain, and Australia.
Given the international focus of recent Street View launches, it's time to make Street View accessible on phones that are especially popular in those countries, the Symbian S60 devices!
With the release of Google Maps version 2.3 for S60 3rd edition Google Street View is available to a bunch more Smartphone users around the world!
After the Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone streets view is finally available for users of S60 devices and the move isn't surprise at all considering that S60 is world leading mobile platform!
Street View lets you access street level imagery to help orient yourself when looking for places, businesses, or getting directions. Say you're going to meet with friends at an unfamiliar restaurant.
Now you can search for it in Google Maps for mobile, click on "Street View", and see what the place and surrounding area look like. Similarly, say you need to get to a shop in a part of town you don't know. Find it using your phone, get directions to it, and see how to get there with full-screen panorama images of every step along the way.
Check out this demo of Street View (albeit on a BlackBerry) to get an idea of how things work:
Google Maps for mobile featuring Street View
Besides Street View, the new version of Google Maps for mobile also has a bunch of other new features: request walking directions (in addition to driving and public transit) to get anywhere on foot, receive transit alerts from participating public transportation authorities, and see what other people think of a place by reading reviews directly on your phone. We've also overhauled the entire user interface to make the app more responsive and easier to use.
So if you have a Nokia S60 Smartphone, just go ahead and download the new version of Google Maps by visiting google.com/gmm on your phone. Enjoy the (street) view!
To get this latest version of Google Maps for mobile with Transit, simply point your mobile browser to google.com/gmm. Happy trails.