Google Maps: Street View Layer Now Available on Android

by Kelvin
Phonandroid : actu Android et High-tech

Google Maps now has a Street View layer on its Android app. It allows to know where the service is available on the map and especially to access it in a flash. Street View is finally well integrated with Maps on mobile.


If Street View is a handy feature and integrated with Google Maps on desktop, its use on Android was so far more delicate and unintuitive. The Mountain View company has decided to correct the situation to make the service easier for users to use on smartphones.

Google Maps integrates better Street View

First, a Street View layer has been added. You can activate it by clicking on the icon at the top right of the map, just below the profile picture of the search bar. It is located in Discover. The application then shows in blue all the channels in which Street View is available. If you live in a big city, then almost everything becomes blue. In addition to this option, you can keep the view Default, Satellite or Relief (Map type) as well as Transport, Traffic or Bike information (Map Details).

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But the most important thing is not there. If you turn on the Street View layer, simply Touchez anywhere on the map to have Maps show you the Street View view of the location. It's much faster, more convenient and intuitive than with the old system. And once you're in Street View, you can zoom in and move around like you used to. Small warning however, the Street View layer is quite unattractive (see screenshots below). If you do not use Street View by default, it is better to leave it inactive and activate it only when needed.

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