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Street View now available in Google Maps web app

As I noted in an earlier blog post, if you've updated to iOS 6 and miss the familiar Google-based Maps app, one option is to simply use Google's Maps app that you access via your web browser. While some people liked that option, others said they missed having the popular Street View available the web app. Happily, Google has a new version online today that includes Street View. You can read more, and see screen shots on AppleInsider. What's the appeal of Street View? Not only is it fun to see 360-degree street-level views of any destination, it also helps in navigation by giving you a clear picture of the location youi're looking for. Most people say that Apple's solution, called Flyover, isn't nearly as useful.

To access the Google Maps web app, simply point Safari or another web browser at maps.google.com. Google Maps will load in your browser. Plus, when you access that page, you receive a popup message giving instructions for putting a Google Maps icon on your home screen so that you can easily access their web app in the future. An article on PCMag.com explains how to access Street View within the web app.

For many people, having this familiar app available via the web will suffice. But some users note that it has limitations. A great article on AppleInsider discusses and categorizes the many alternative map apps. It says that the Google Maps web app has some usability and reliability issues. Still, the article points out that it does provide features not available in the new iOS app, includingGoogle trafic, satellite and local search information, and Google's routing directions for driving, walking, bikes, and transit.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.