It looks like Google is about to drive another nail into Apple’s Maps app, according to AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg, Google will announce the inclusion of “Street View” in their Map’s mobile web app this Thursday. Mossberg was given the chance to review the new Maps update for Android and Google also apparently sent him a few links demoing the Street View to check out the new addition, here’s what he has to say:
“Google plans to announce on Thursday that it is adding its popular Street View feature, missing from Apple’s maps, to the Web version of Google Maps accessed from the iPhone and iPad. I tested this addition, which displays 360-degree photographic street views of selected locations, and interior photographic views of certain businesses, using sample links Google sent me. These links worked well, allowing me to see the locations and pan around with a finger.”
As Apple’s own map app is on the ropes, Google is not looking to hold any punches, by adding the popular Street View feature to their mobile web app, it creates one less reason for iPhone users to use Apple’s maps. Now, if Google could find a way to include turn-by-turn navigation within their web app, Apple’s service would be in a sort of “Dead Man Walking” phase. If customers can get the same functionality as they were use to before iOS 6, and more, then it will be extremely difficult for Apple to get customers to come back to Apple Maps, unless they offer a really solid update.