or Connect
AppleInsider › Forums › General › General Discussion › Street View functionality coming to Google Maps web app in two weeks, report says
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Street View functionality coming to Google Maps web app in two weeks, report says

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
In yet another article regarding Apple's bemoaned iOS Maps, The New York Times claims that Google will be adding Street View functionality to its web app in as little as two weeks, giving iOS 6 users access to the exclusive Google Maps feature.

The information was revealed by NYT technology journalist David Pogue in a Wednesday report regarding a recent experience with the new iOS Maps.

Apparently Pogue used Apple's new mapping service to guide him to a speaking engagement and, while the interface was clean and the directions were clear, the system ended up taking him to the wrong destination, making him late for his talk. The tech writer's troubles echo earlier reports of incorrect, old or missing location data.

Pogue slammed Apple's foray into map making, saying "Maps is an appalling first release. It may be the most embarrassing, least usable piece of software Apple has ever unleashed," but unlike similar reports, offered alternatives to the service and in doing so let loose that Google would be rolling out Street View for its iOS-compatible web app in two weeks.

From Pogue's report:

You can still use Google?s maps ? on the Web. Visit maps.google.com and accept the offer to create a Home-screen icon for you. You won?t get spoken directions, but you?ll get written directions, public transportation details, live traffic reports and, of course, Google?s far superior maps and data. (In two weeks, you?ll be able to get Street View this way, too, says Google.) And you can install the Google Plus Local app for full access to Google?s more complete database of shops and businesses.


Google Maps Web App
Currently, the Google Maps web app does not support Street View.


In replacing Google Maps in iOS 6 with its own proprietary solution, Apple lost the Street View feature Google spent years to build, substituting it with a 3D rendering function called Flyover. Although a nice addition to iOS Maps, Flyover is limited to certain major metropolitan areas and some say the functionality is not as useful as an on-the-ground view of a location's surroundings.

Later in the report, Pogue noted Apple is taking full responsibility for the missing features, including incorrect place names.

?We own this; we manage the vendors," said an anonymous Apple executive. "This is no one?s issue but ours."

Last week, Apple issued a statement regarding the complaints over iOS Maps, promising that the service is a work in progress and would get better with time.
post #2 of 32

The Google mobile web app is still terrible. 

 

iOS Apps + the upcoming update to Garmin, for Street View. For those not in the mood to shell out for a GPS, I suppose the Google Maps web app will do. 

 

I'm over the whole iOS Maps flap, anyway. It doesn't matter, in retrospect, nearly as much as I thought.   *shrugs*

post #3 of 32

IOS 6 maps rocks for me ! No issues yet and I will bet in less than 2 years it will be far better than google maps was after their first 2 years....

post #4 of 32
This just pisses me off. What this means is that just as everyone has always suspected, Google has been using Flash for Streetview for years when it didn't really have to. If they can get rid of it that fast, why (the f*ck) didn't they do this years and years ago?
post #5 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by lalaruza View Post

IOS 6 maps rocks for me ! No issues yet and I will bet in less than 2 years it will be far better than google maps was after their first 2 years....

 

The sad reality is that Google Maps in the iPhone 1.0, 5 years ago, was far better and had more features than the pathetic Apple Map in iOS 6.  So you think the Apple Map will be better in 2 years compared to what Google Map was 8 years ago?  That is not an improvement.  Apple admitted that their Map app was an inferior product in their latest press statement.  Too late for Apple on that one.  They should have kept the Google Map app and released their app as a beta until they could get it right, at least to be feature-matching with Google Map.

post #6 of 32
Flyover is fun to play with but completely useless.
post #7 of 32
Originally Posted by Takeo View Post
Flyover is fun to play with…

 

So less than a quarter of a second before claiming it's useless, you prove that it isn't useless. Thanks for that; what was the point of the post again?

Originally Posted by Marvin

The only thing more insecure than Android’s OS is its userbase.
Reply

Originally Posted by Marvin

The only thing more insecure than Android’s OS is its userbase.
Reply
post #8 of 32

I all of the times I have used Google Maps on my phone, I've never used StreetView there.  I've used it on my PC and printed pictures of where I was going.  I respect that others have a different view on that score, but for me, the absence just ain't that big a deal.

 

I'll have to wait to upgrade my iP4 in order to fully evaluate it, though.  In the meantime, Waze and Mapquest serve me well for navigation, and the new Maps seems to work decently for just looking stuff up.

 

/bs
 

/bs
Reply
/bs
Reply
post #9 of 32
Nokia Maps on iOS (Web App)

1. Open in Safari on iOS6
2. Save to Home Screen

HTML5 for Maps. That's what I've been using and works great. routing including public transport and richer map data including voice guidance
Edited by eat@me - 9/26/12 at 5:15pm
post #10 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by hillstones View Post

 

The sad reality is that Google Maps in the iPhone 1.0, 5 years ago, was far better and had more features than the pathetic Apple Map in iOS 6.  So you think the Apple Map will be better in 2 years compared to what Google Map was 8 years ago?  That is not an improvement.  Apple admitted that their Map app was an inferior product in their latest press statement.  Too late for Apple on that one.  They should have kept the Google Map app and released their app as a beta until they could get it right, at least to be feature-matching with Google Map.

 

...and the five year old version was what iPhone users were stuck with until iOS 6 introduced TURN BY TURN VOICE NAVIGATION.

 

End stalemate.

 

Get over it.

 

HTFU

Better than my Bose, better than my Skullcandy's, listening to Mozart through my LeBron James limited edition PowerBeats by Dre is almost as good as my Sennheisers.
Reply
Better than my Bose, better than my Skullcandy's, listening to Mozart through my LeBron James limited edition PowerBeats by Dre is almost as good as my Sennheisers.
Reply
post #11 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by eat@me View Post

Nokia Maps on iOS (Web App)
1. Open in Safari on iOS6
2. Save to Home Screen
HTML5 for Maps. That's what I've been using and works great. routing including public transport and richer map data including voice guidance

 

Too bad it doesn't have my street, I live in the middle of a big blank area, they are a bit slow with updating their maps.

Better than my Bose, better than my Skullcandy's, listening to Mozart through my LeBron James limited edition PowerBeats by Dre is almost as good as my Sennheisers.
Reply
Better than my Bose, better than my Skullcandy's, listening to Mozart through my LeBron James limited edition PowerBeats by Dre is almost as good as my Sennheisers.
Reply
post #12 of 32
delete
Edited by kellya74u - 7/24/13 at 9:06am
post #13 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by hillstones View Post

The sad reality is that Google Maps in the iPhone 1.0, 5 years ago, was far better and had more features than the pathetic Apple Map in iOS 6. .

That was still some 5-7 years after they started. Folks need to go back to the first year of the program that Google bought for their maps and see how perfect it wasn't. THAT is what is comparable to ios maps

A non tech's thoughts on Apple stuff 

(She's family so I'm a little biased)

Reply

A non tech's thoughts on Apple stuff 

(She's family so I'm a little biased)

Reply
post #14 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by kellya74u View Post

.
Quote:
Originally posted by Eric Schmidt
"We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about.".

And yet Apple was the one that got shit for cache location data that could only track you if someone had your iPhone, the computer you were doing iTunes backups on or you voluntarily uploaded the data to them.

A non tech's thoughts on Apple stuff 

(She's family so I'm a little biased)

Reply

A non tech's thoughts on Apple stuff 

(She's family so I'm a little biased)

Reply
post #15 of 32
I ended up at the wrong apartment, 10 miles away from the correct address, thanks to Apple's new Maps app. So, I am not gonna use it. It's prettier but it is widely inaccurate. Google Maps in browser works just fine and it gave the right location!
post #16 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by hillstones View Post

.  So you think the Apple Map will be better in 2 years compared to what Google Map was 8 years ago?    
Of course. Apple has advantages Google didn't have 8 years ago - Hindsight, a laundry list of experienced partners, and a half billion + mobile devices running iOS that are relaying location specific data back to Apple. Likewise, if Google was just entering the maps sphere today, it wouldn't require them 8 years to get it right either.
post #17 of 32
Why would Google bother to make a mapping app for iOS 6? The longer they wait the more bad press Apple gets for iOS 6 maps and the more advertising focus Google can place on why buyers should give up Apple for Android. It's a perfect story for Google and exactly what they have been waiting for....Apple to disappoint (at least in mind share) a large chuck on their user base and potential smartphone buyers.

I for one like the new maps. They have worked flawlessly for me. But bad press is bad press, it doesn't make it right. I have a friend who was going to make the switch to iOS, I had been working on him for over a year and finally had him sold. Then he read the review on iOS6 maps and decided not to switch.

Sadly, I won't be surprised to hear Google market share showing impressive growth this next year.

To Apple: I live in one of the top twenty largest cities in the US, one of the world's largest universities, and one of the top corporate headquarters per capita regions....seriously you should have 3D maps for us. Maps is half baked, I like it, but Steve probably would have kept it hidden until iOS7.
post #18 of 32
What's going on? After finding all kinds of stuff out of place on Apples Maps, I went to maps.google.com and I created the Home-screen icon for my iP4S. I open that up and find the same thing as Apple Maps, things out of place/stuff mislocated. A local police station is 1/2 of a mile out of place, in the middle of a park......

Is this things out of place/stuff mislocated thing contagious?
post #19 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by netrox View Post

I ended up at the wrong apartment, 10 miles away from the correct address, thanks to Apple's new Maps app. So, I am not gonna use it. It's prettier but it is widely inaccurate. Google Maps in browser works just fine and it gave the right location!

This happened to me many, many times with Google maps... In fact, I think that's why there are so many map alternatives on the App Store now - Because Google maps aren't up to snuff. It's all water under the bridge now, though.

Good riddance.
post #20 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post

This just pisses me off. What this means is that just as everyone has always suspected, Google has been using Flash for Streetview for years when it didn't really have to. If they can get rid of it that fast, why (the f*ck) didn't they do this years and years ago?


Because they didn't give a shite about iOS users until they were rendered unnecessary.  They used us for data and now that all of us are gone, they will push out whatever works immediately to get us back.  I WON"T by into this Google crap anymore.  I won't use their street view or web app.  Apple's Map app is working fine for me and I've been using it alot for directions and haven't had ONE problem YET!  It works for me and I'm happy to give Apple my Map support.

post #21 of 32
Originally Posted by djkikrome View Post
Because they didn't give a shite about iOS users until they were rendered unnecessary.  They used us for data and now that all of us are gone…

 

Well, about… what, a quarter to half of us are still around. The devices that can't get iOS 6, plus the devices that can that people will take their sweet time updating for whatever reason.

 

It'll be interesting to see how Google's revenue stream for Maps has fallen off in a month or so.

Originally Posted by Marvin

The only thing more insecure than Android’s OS is its userbase.
Reply

Originally Posted by Marvin

The only thing more insecure than Android’s OS is its userbase.
Reply
post #22 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post

This just pisses me off. What this means is that just as everyone has always suspected, Google has been using Flash for Streetview for years when it didn't really have to. If they can get rid of it that fast, why (the f*ck) didn't they do this years and years ago?

 

Because Apple forced them to do it.  See, not only does Apple consistently strive for improvement, it prods other companies to do so as well. 

post #23 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by netrox View Post

I ended up at the wrong apartment, 10 miles away from the correct address, thanks to Apple's new Maps app. So, I am not gonna use it. It's prettier but it is widely inaccurate. Google Maps in browser works just fine and it gave the right location!

 

 

I think you should give it some more time.  It was inaccurate for you on one occasion, it happens.  Same thing with Garmin, Tom Tom, Google etc.  If it became a pattern, I would understand, but to dismiss it after one inaccuracy I think it is a little premature.  Again, there are alternative iOS apps that offer navigation service.  Perhaps they may even be better than Google's offering, you never know.

post #24 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by OskiO View Post

Why would Google bother to make a mapping app for iOS 6? The longer they wait the more bad press Apple gets for iOS 6 maps and the more advertising focus Google can place on why buyers should give up Apple for Android. It's a perfect story for Google and exactly what they have been waiting for....Apple to disappoint (at least in mind share) a large chuck on their user base and potential smartphone buyers.
I for one like the new maps. They have worked flawlessly for me. But bad press is bad press, it doesn't make it right. I have a friend who was going to make the switch to iOS, I had been working on him for over a year and finally had him sold. Then he read the review on iOS6 maps and decided not to switch.
Sadly, I won't be surprised to hear Google market share showing impressive growth this next year.
To Apple: I live in one of the top twenty largest cities in the US, one of the world's largest universities, and one of the top corporate headquarters per capita regions....seriously you should have 3D maps for us. Maps is half baked, I like it, but Steve probably would have kept it hidden until iOS7.

 

I believe it is in Google's best interest to keep the advertising bucks and location data flowing.  Apple just blocked them from a very large user base which has to effect them in some capacity.  Bad press is one thing, but  I think they would rather get the money flowing in sooner than later.  This is business, with one objective.

post #25 of 32
I love the new Apple Maps! I live in a mid-size town in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, and no trouble whatsoever finding a location. I use 2-3 times every day for my job and to shuttle my daughter around. I love that each tile for the directions is large enough to swipe with my thumb... Google Maps wasn't any better than this, at least not for me.

post #26 of 32

So Mr Pogue just selected a destination and followed the instructions without checking that the destination was correct. and then blamed it for being late !

 

When I use a GPS (ANY GPS) is I always check that the destination is correct before blindly following instructions. I have four different GPS units and only two of them have my house which was build 40 years ago.

 

I cannot see how the old google maps app would have helped him here as it never has turn by turn, how can he possibly say that the old app was better.
 

post #27 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by hill60 View Post

 

Too bad it doesn't have my street, I live in the middle of a big blank area, they are a bit slow with updating their maps.

 

Hill60, intreresting.  can you get routing, voice turn by turn, public transportation in your area.  don't know where you live but here in California, using I'm using Nokia Maps for iOS and it's working a lot better.  Saw this video of a blogger in Singapore who had all blank areas.  So, I would be interested in seeing a comparison of your town (assume it is a town if it a big blank area) compared to google, nokia and apple. a

 

cheers!

post #28 of 32

If you want Street View back you can always try my $.99 application Live Street View: http://itunes.apple.com/be/app/live-street-view/id486967765?mt=8

post #29 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by iSteelers View Post

Because Apple forced them to do it.  See, not only does Apple consistently strive for improvement, it prods other companies to do so as well. 

Isn't interesting that Google says it will take them months to make a native App (even though people have been talking about Apple doing maps for years) yet the minute Apple pulls the plug, Google can turn on street view in a couple of weeks.

Obviously, the technology was there and ready to go but they chose not to use it as a way of trying to convince people to use Android instead. I really can't understand why people trust Google.
"I'm way over my head when it comes to technical issues like this"
Gatorguy 5/31/13
Reply
"I'm way over my head when it comes to technical issues like this"
Gatorguy 5/31/13
Reply
post #30 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post

This just pisses me off. What this means is that just as everyone has always suspected, Google has been using Flash for Streetview for years when it didn't really have to. If they can get rid of it that fast, why (the f*ck) didn't they do this years and years ago?

Google gave Apple the raw data, and Apple put it in their Maps app on the iPhone for the past 4 years (SV launched November 21, 2008). Of course there was never a need for Flash, whatever makes you say it did?
Edited by PhilBoogie - 9/27/12 at 10:20am
I’d rather have a better product than a better price.
Reply
I’d rather have a better product than a better price.
Reply
post #31 of 32

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post

This just pisses me off. What this means is that just as everyone has always suspected, Google has been using Flash for Streetview for years when it didn't really have to. If they can get rid of it that fast, why (the f*ck) didn't they do this years and years ago?

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by lalaruza View Post

IOS 6 maps rocks for me ! No issues yet and I will bet in less than 2 years it will be far better than google maps was after their first 2 years....

 

There have been excellent working versions of Google's Street View (licensed I presume) in the iOS App Store, I discovered to my sheer delight while sifting through the mass of vile snarky comments in the wake of the "MappleGate" affair. No flash, no privacy issues, win-win!

 

StreetViewer (69p/99c for the ad-free version) I would consider to be the best of them and, @lalaruza, will restore Street View functionality to already-rocking iOS 6, if only for bragging rights or additional eye-candy to 3D FlyOver, audio turn-by-turn navigation, Waze traffic and Yelp context.

 

It has Map, Satellite, Hybrid and Street Views, all zoomable, and even includes the JogMan icon and functionality...

 

Really enjoying my new iPhone and iPad as I have the best of Apple (no mapping issues in my corner of provincial UK) and the wealth of the 3rd party App Store, all at blazing speed and clarity...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
post #32 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by charlituna View Post


That was still some 5-7 years after they started. Folks need to go back to the first year of the program that Google bought for their maps and see how perfect it wasn't. THAT is what is comparable to ios maps

I don't believe that's correct. It may seem like Google Maps has been around a long time, but their first US road maps weren't available until 2006.  Like Apple tho the background work began with an acquisition a couple of years before that.


Edited by Gatorguy - 10/1/12 at 4:08am
melior diabolus quem scies
Reply
melior diabolus quem scies
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Discussion
AppleInsider › Forums › General › General Discussion › Street View functionality coming to Google Maps web app in two weeks, report says