iDB discovered a week ago that Google is set to introduce street-level photography on the iOS platform in form of a web app in about two weeks. Today, The Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg made it a fact, claiming that the software is coming as early as Thursday, possibly tomorrow. The journalist had some hands-on time with the web app which includes both360-degree photographic street views and  interior photographic views of certain businesses…

This is based on Mossberg’s Android Maps vs. iOS Maps video review (via 9to5Mac):

In fact, Google plans to announce on Thursday that it is adding its popular Street View feature, missing from Apple’s maps, to the Web version of Google Maps accessed from the iPhone and iPad.

Mossberg had a chance to play with the web app and walked away impressed.

I tested this addition, which displays 360-degree photographic street views of selected locations, and interior photographic views of certain businesses, using sample links Google sent me. These links worked well, allowing me to see the locations and pan around with a finger.

Here’s the clip.

Mossberg’s assessment?

In general, Google Maps on Android offers richer maps, with more streets and points of interest noted, than Apple’s. Though I found Apple’s navigation screens more striking and easier to read at a glance, the Android navigation screens showed more surrounding streets and thus more context, which was very useful, especially on my less familiar trip to Gettysburg.

Mossberg concludes his review:

If mapping is very important to you, Android is the way to go.

Surprisingly, Consumer Reports has nice words for Apple Maps in terms of navigation.

To that extent, Mossberg agrees, writing that “Google’s navigation directions weren’t always more accurate”.


  • That would be epic! Anyone else agree?

    • I hope that it will be out soon and hopefully arrive at my country ASAP i remember that the new ipad arrive to my country about 3 month after the release

  • Hey i know this is not the right place to tell you guys this but im wondering that at apple web it shows that the new itouch is no longer pre-order but has changed to buy now does it means its ready at the retail?? Sorry for bad english

  • cruzcontrol1001

    Street view is not a deal breaker for me but never the less a great option to have. The more competition the better for consumers. I think apple bringing their own maps app has made google think twice and has also made them work on things that weren’t there before on their web map application.

    • Al

      Agreed! Most importantly with competition.. I welcome Apple Maps.. I personally like the Turn-by-Tun feature Apple has in it’s map. I understand peoples issues with it, but Turn-by-Turn was not originally in Google Maps.. But you win some.. lose some.. I figured Apple took it in stride.. hopefully it will pay out in the long run..

  • philadelphia

    Fandroids and the like nitpicking Apple maps is getting old.. It’s Apple’s FIRST foray into mapping! Enjoy your top spot while you can Google, cause if Apple’s previous products are any indicator, then it’s only a matter of time until Apple catches up..

    • Rick Presley

      Sounds like Apple fans are nitpicking Apple maps too. Or at least Apple’s apology would suggest as much.

  • There have been for years a number of Street View Apps that I have been using since they were always better than the street view in maps. I don’t see me switching to a browser based solution for this.

  • all navigation systems have issues.. and apple is brand new in the game.. give apple 7 years like google and see what happens

  • I don’t really see why everyone is so worked up over Street View. I mean, sure, I can see someone wanting to see the inside of a business, but in supported cities, I think Flyover more than takes care of Street View