Something To Think About: Say Goodbye To Google Street View On iOS

Something To Think About: Say Goodbye To Google Street View On iOS

Goodbye, Google Street View. I'll miss you.

The new Maps app that Apple showed off at WWDC yesterday has made it pretty clear that the company will be ditching Google Maps in iOS 6. That means beautiful new 3D maps, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, and more. But before you get too excited, just remember this: As soon as Google leaved, so does Street View.Saying goodbye to Street View may or may not be a big deal for you. But for me, I’ll be sorry to see it go. I actually use the Street View feature more than anything else in the built-in Maps app, and I think it’s one of the apps most impressive attributes. Sure, it’ll soon be overshadowed by Apple’s new flyover feature, but it’s certainly still worthwhile.

Unfortunately, Street View isn’t a feature that you can access via a web browser on iOS, either. Google’s mobile maps web app doesn’t support it, and if you fool it into thinking you’re using a desktop browser, it requires Flash Player.

We’re hoping that Apple’s move encourages Google to develop a new maps app of its own for iOS. If it wants iOS users to continue using its mapping services, that’s the only way to do it. So there is some hope.

And if all else fails, here’s to hoping we’ll see a jailbreak tweak that adds Street View support to the new Maps app.

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  • chrisbaker3

    Google has already said that they are making a new maps app for iOS. It’ll be interesting to see how much of a hard time they have getting it through Apple’s approval process.

  • oumax99

    Doesn’t the Google Earth app allow for street view?

  • Shane Bryson

    Doesn’t the Google Earth app allow for street view?

    Yes it does, but this is a Cult of Mac writer we are talking about. They never research before posting.

  • Fiercehairdo

    Completely agree. I think the loss of this feature is a huge step backwards. I use it all the time. It is still a ‘wow’ factor that I can see the view from the street in, say, Tokyo on my iPad while sat in London Can’t believe we’re gonna lose that functionality. 3D Flyover views are less useful and I have doubts about how much coverage they’ll include and how quick the rendering will be. just seems flashy but less useful. 

    Really hope Google come up with a fully functioning maps app as an alternative.
  • Neil Paul Donal Almond

    2013/14 update to maps will be a street view-esk type of mode for maps, maybe called drive by?(I think fly over and drive by have a nice ring to it) Or perhaps flyover will be so precise that drive by wont be needed. Personally im hoping for a drive by update

      
  • mr_bee
    Doesn’t the Google Earth app allow for street view?

    Yes it does, but this is a Cult of Mac writer we are talking about. They never research before posting.

    This is irrelevant though.  Anyone who doesn’t have a car, uses street view a lot in the maps app to find out where they are going.  They also use the walking directions or the biking directions which also seem to be missing from Apple’s new maps app.  The fact that I can open a separate app and see street view but not have it be tied to the maps app or any kind of directions is not a solution. 

  • Mark_Hunte

    I will miss this. But I think a lot of developers will make apps that bring this back. I also think there is already a couple on the store that have it. 

  • dmcnish

    I use google street view from an iPhone 4S safari browser all the time.

    eg – put your home address in the google field on a blank browser window and click search
    this returns a standard google search results page.
    selecting the map image or the link (from the search results page)
    then displays google map, above it is address in dark brown bar
    DONT select the blue arrow on the right side of this brown bar
    DO select the little person icon in the orange circle
    Street view is display, fully usable, no flash
    This is street view, right?
  • joewaylo

    Give it time. You’ll soon see Apple Street View. Besides, Google Street View is half accurate. I’ve seen destinations that don’t match what Street View matches. Maybe Apple will paint a better picture with the 3D buildings and add accurate Street View photos.

  • Boris Terekidi

    Don’t remember the last time i used it.

  • Samuel Shallenberger

    I think it’s supposed to say “As soon as Google left” or “leaves” instead of “leaved”.

  • Shane Bryson
    Doesn’t the Google Earth app allow for street view?

    Yes it does, but this is a Cult of Mac writer we are talking about. They never research before posting.

    This is irrelevant though.  Anyone who doesn’t have a car, uses street view a lot in the maps app to find out where they are going.  They also use the walking directions or the biking directions which also seem to be missing from Apple’s new maps app.  The fact that I can open a separate app and see street view but not have it be tied to the maps app or any kind of directions is not a solution. 

    I never said it was a solution, merely stating the fact that street-view is available through Google Earth.

  • Fiercehairdo
    Doesn’t the Google Earth app allow for street view?

    Yes it does, but this is a Cult of Mac writer we are talking about. They never research before posting.

    This is irrelevant though.  Anyone who doesn’t have a car, uses street view a lot in the maps app to find out where they are going.  They also use the walking directions or the biking directions which also seem to be missing from Apple’s new maps app.  The fact that I can open a separate app and see street view but not have it be tied to the maps app or any kind of directions is not a solution. 

    I never said it was a solution, merely stating the fact that street-view is available through Google Earth.

    Street View does not work in the Google Earth app on the iPad. There is no option to enable it as far as I can see. Your crack about Cult of Mac seems a little ignorant…

  • Fiercehairdo

    Doesn’t the Google Earth app allow for street view?

    No it doesn’t.

  • rgeraldporter

    Not sure what version of iOS you’re using, but Street View works fine in my Mobile Safari browser…

  • Andrew John

    2013/14 update to maps will be a street view-esk type of mode for maps, maybe called drive by?(I think fly over and drive by have a nice ring to it) Or perhaps flyover will be so precise that drive by wont be needed. Personally im hoping for a drive by update

      

    Drive by sounds like something you hear on the news over gang related violence. Let’s hope the drive by you’re hoping for, doesn’t come packing.

  • Fiercehairdo

    I use google street view from an iPhone 4S safari browser all the time.

    eg – put your home address in the google field on a blank browser window and click search
    this returns a standard google search results page.
    selecting the map image or the link (from the search results page)
    then displays google map, above it is address in dark brown bar
    DONT select the blue arrow on the right side of this brown bar
    DO select the little person icon in the orange circle
    Street view is display, fully usable, no flash
    This is street view, right?

    But it doesn’t work this way. I think you are confusing Google Maps in the browser with the Maps App itself. When you click the link for a street address from the Safari browser to take you to the map it automatically launches the Maps App – not google Maps in the Safari browser. So yes, Street View works in the current Maps App- but that’s exactly what we are complaining is going to be stripped out.

    If you do view Google Maps strictly in the browser (Google ‘Google Maps’ and it will launch the mobile version of the browser version) and try finding Street View there. You won’t. It isn’t offered via the browser and needs flash. After the Maps update in iOS 6 it won’t be available on iPad and iPhone unless Google come up with an app themselves.
  • garlandsmith

    this is a deal breaker… obviously it won’t stop anyone from using the iPhone but the feature will definitely be missed… hopefully Google will incorporate this in one of their iOS apps… (why wouldn’t they?)

  • WSSNW

    Are we really doing? Um was everyone asleep last week? Google Maps will be on the iPhone as an independent app. Yes Apple Maps will come with the device (Internet Explorer), but you will be able to download the Google Maps app (Chrome, Firefox, etc.). So no, we are not going to miss street view on the iPhone.

  • Johnny44

    How does ‘flying’ over the city and twirling 3d buildings around replace using street view to find a parking spot?

    I use street view all the time to see how busy or traffic friendly a location is.

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