Earlier this week we reported on a story from AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg, that Google was looking to add their popular “Street View” service to their map’s mobile web app. In Mossberg’s story, he said he was testing out a few links that Google had sent him and that the service would launch this Thursday. True to their word, Google has delivered.
When you type a location into the search bar, you’ll find your result and with a bit of pinch-to-zooming, you’ll focus in on your specified location. On the bottom of the display, you’ll see the address of the location you searched, to the right of that, you’ll see an arrow in the diamond and a person icon, the latter of which represents Street View. Simply tap the person icon and you’ll immediately be zoomed and on the street.
On iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, with its A6 processor, the Street View feature is smooth as glass and allows you to pan around the scene just as if it were a dedicated app. So while it may not he Google Maps back on your iPhone, this new update works very nicely and should do the trick for those who have been missing the feature since upgrading to iOS 6.
Give it a go for yourself.