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Google Street View goes mobile

Mobile Street View & walking directions launched

Google has added free walking directions and the ability to find street view imagery to its list of Google Maps applications for mobile devices.

The advantage of Google's Street View feature is that a user will be able to see a photo or other image of the location, such as a restaurant storefront, Google officials said in its official Mobile Blog. Street View can be seen overlaid on a Google map on a mobile device, Google said.

Google has also added a beta version of walking directions to mobile devices to aid those travelling on foot.

The announcements come in addition to Monday's news of an upgrade to Google's mobile My Location feature, which was first launched in November 2007. The upgrades provide greater accuracy in determining a mobile user's location.

Google uses data about a mobile user's location from mobile phone towers and the information was not always precise. Sometimes a person's location might be 1,000 yards from what Google was indicating.

The free features previously available on mobile devices from Google Maps have offered a user's location, with support of GPS in addition to Google's mobile phone tower geolocation as well as map and satellite views, business listings, driving directions, and traffic information. In addition, users also can get public transit information, such as bus schedules, for more than 50 cities around the world.


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