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Google Maps Now Allows Android Users Create Street View Photos

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You can now create Street View photos using just your phone with the new Google Maps update. The new update allows Android users with ARCore-compatible devices to take photos and publish them to Google Street View in certain areas.


Google is allowing submissions for now in Toronto, New York, Austin, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Costa Rica. The company also says the feature will be available in time too. Google will use the user-generated content when it doesn’t have its own Street View imagery available.

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“While our own Street View trekkers and cars have collected more than 170 billion images from 10 million miles around the planet, there are still many unmapped parts of the world. Where people contribute connected photos, they will appear in the Street View layer on Google Maps as dotted blue lines,” the product manager of Google Maps Street View, Stafford Marquardt, said.


Maps will automatically rotate and position the series of connected photos that are captured in the Street View app for Android. Users were able to submit Street View imagery before now, but it required a special 360-degree camera. This new feature means that can use any standard phone camera.


The new feature will make the Street View feature available in many more areas. Even places that Google’s Street View trekkers and cars haven’t visited will be captured by user-generated content.


The information will also be useful to update Google Maps with information like new businesses or publicly posted open hours. Google will apply its standard Street View privacy features to blur out faces and license plates from user-generated pictures.



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