With Apple still fumbling with its buggy iOS Maps, Google today added Street View functionality to the web-based version of its Google Maps available to iPhone, iPad and other mobile device users. iOS 6 users can now access a much requested turn-by-turn navigation feature on the mobile web version of Google Maps. With newly added feature, users will be able to view panoramic pictures of city streets, and use navigation buttons for moving around in them. The Street View functionality seamlessly works on IE 9 in Windows Phone 7.5 and Google’s own browser in the Android OS as well.
Google today confirmed on its official Map blog that the mobile web version of Google Maps includes the Street View feature offering ground level images instead of having to access a separate app. The feature was rolled out in web-based version of Google Maps, after Apple dropped Google Maps app from its latest mobile operating system – ‘iOS 6′.
iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad owners can use Street View on their mobile Safari browser by visiting maps.google.com and searching for a location. Then click the “pegman” icon at the bottom right of your screen (refer the image below) to access Street View. You can drag your finger to tilt the view around, but the panoramic photos are 2D images and some parts of some streets shows odd shapes. Currently, you cannot double-tap-to-zoom for greater detail or drop a pin for markings. To close the Street View image and go back to the map, click the big X in the top-right. The web app, however, works in both Safari and Chrome browser on iOS.
Google engineers are reportedly developing native iOS maps app for its Maps services and seeks to release it by the end of the year. As an alternative, users can meantime use web-based version of maps.