Google Maps Street View Arrives on iPhone & iPad

Street View, Google Map’s real world look at locations across the world is now available in the web browser for iPhone and iPad users.

This new move makes it easier to use the Google Maps webpage to find locations and plot out the last step of a trip.

Apple recently switched to Apple Maps on the iPhone and iPad in iOS 6, delivering voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, but users complain that it’s missing business information, streets and the Street View feature many mobile user love.

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Google Street View is now in the iPhone and iPad browser.

We showed how to use Google Maps on the iPhone, and now the experience is enhanced with Street View. Street View shows in the browser of the iPhone, so user in the Maps app can’t access Street View.

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Tap the small person to enter Street View.

For running in a browser Google Street View works surprisingly well, with fast and fluid panning and moving throughout the environment.

Unlike in a desktop browser, there doesn’t appear to be a way to zoom in to Street View level or to drag a Street View icon into the map.

To activate Street View on Google Maps for iPhone, sers must search for a location then tap on the small person icon in the listing of addresses or businesses. Unlike Google Maps for Android, there is no option to show Street View when approaching the last part of a trip.

Street View remains one of the features many users, including myself, miss on the iOS 6 Apple Maps app. Street View of the destination makes it easier to find business drive ways, parking entrances and get a better idea of where the last turn of a trip is. I routinely use Google Street View to find out more about the neighborhood I’m visiting when I travel to a new area, it’s also helpful in figuring out if there is on street parking.

While initially excited about Apple Maps for iOS 6, some users are troubled by the lack of complete mapping information and missing business or point of interest information.

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One of the biggest omissions is the lack of emergency room information. As shown in the video below, Google Maps on the iPhone finds several emergency rooms and hospitals, but Apple Maps fails.