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Google Maps Street View gets split-screen UI on Android

Google Maps Street View gets split-screen UI on Android”

Google Maps for Android is one of the most actively developed Google apps, with new features and improvements routinely being added to the navigation app. The two screenshots above show the old UI on v10.43.7; you can see the distinct lack of an expand/condense button for the split-view in those.

The Mountain View-based search giant has officially started shipping these changes in some specific regions, such as London, New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo, last month, and now the rollout has reportedly been completed, with all users now allowed to enjoy them on Google Maps on mobile and the desktop.

"In some cities around the world, you can now find street-level details, like crosswalks, sidewalks, and true-to-scale road widths, within Maps".

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However, Google's Street View is a much more mature feature than Apple's comparatively newer offering, and the Mountain View-based giant is looking for more ways to improve it further. Photo Spheres, 360-degree photos snapped by users, are seen on the split screen as dots. The report says that users can tap anywhere in the map and the circular marker with the arrow will show the directions for the place.

As first spotted by Reddit user /u/p3nsive (via 9to5Google), the new UI launches automatically when you drop a pin on the map and enter the Street View mode. The catch, however, is that as of now, it is available only on the company's Android app.



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