StreetView comes to the iPhone

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, the new firmware update today for the iPhone (version 2.2) includes Google StreetView.  I’m still loading the update on my phone, but I’m expecting good things.  As with Google Earth for the iPhone, I would think that the multi-touch input will work very well with StreetView.  We’ll see.

In the meantime, here’s a quick screenshot from CrunchGear.


Update: How to access StreetView

While the implementation of StreetView on the iPhone is great (pinch, drag, etc), accessing it is a bit tricky.  To get into Streetview:

  • Drop a pin somewhere on the map, or search for a location.
  • Tap on the pin to bring up the info window.
  • Click the little red icon on the left to access StreetView.
This obviously only works for locations that have StreetView, and the phone doesn’t show you those locations.  I’d love for them to add the blue street outlines like they have on the web version of StreetView.  In any case, this is a bizarre way to have to access it, but it’s great once you get in there.

Google Earth Hacks mobile and The Amazing Race 13

A couple of fun toys for today.  I’ve created a mobile version of Google Earth Hacks, allowing you to view about 80% of the files (18,000 or so) on the go.  It works best on the iPhone, taking advantage of the built-in Google Maps, but should work on any recent phone.  Get details here, or simply visit on your phone.

Also, my wife and I are pretty big fans of The Amazing Race, so I’ve been working on a rather comprehensive mash-up for the show.  You can read about it here, view the full map here, or just play with the embedded version below.

If you’re a fan of the show, it’s a neat way to see all of the amazing places that the contestants get to travel to.

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Google Maps Mobile gets StreetView

StreetView has come to Google Maps Mobile! This should prove to be a very useful addition, since many people use GMM when trying to find a location.  Having a street-level view of their destination will be great!

In addition to StreetView, the mobile versions now have walking directions and business reviews as well.

The software is available for: Blackberry and “many Java-enabled phones”.  The software has not yet been updated for Symbian devices (like the Nokia N95), Windows Mobile devices or the Apple iPhone.

To download it for your phone, simply visit

Here is a short video showing off the new features:

(via LatLong blog)

Earthscape for iPhone reviewed

A few months back, Google Earth Blog revealed a slick new iPhone application coming called Earthscape.  The application is a Google Earth-like program that runs on your iPhone.  It costs $9.99 in the iTunes app store (get it here).

One disappointment is that it’s not yet using the accelerometer to control movement — it’s all done with finger swipes.  That being said, the interace is fairly intuitive and it works well.  The data for the US is quite sharp, although all of the non-US data it limited to 15 meter resolution, which is quite blurry.

One odd thing I found was the transition between 2D and 3D.  While browsing around, it works very much like Google Maps, with a top-down perspective.  If you want to angle your view, you have to click an icon, and you’re suddenly swooped sideways.  This also changes the interface, so you need to use different kinds of finger swipes to navigate in 3D (two fingers to pan instead of just one, one finger will tilt and rotate, etc).  I found that I had a pretty tough time moving around in 3D, but that will likely improve as I get used to it.

The application comes with three layers built in: Borders, City Names and Wikipedia Articles.  All three do exactly what they say, and they’re done well.  I like the way the city names do a quick zoom-up when it’s time for them to display.  The two big items missing are roads and a search box.  Without roads, I had a tough time finding various landmarks (my house, etc).  I still found them, but the yellow labeled roads make life much easier.  A search box would be very useful, too.  I’d expect we’ll see both of those in a future version.

All in all, it’s a very impressive little app.  If you want a great toy to show off your iPhone, this is it.  I think the $9.99 price tag is a bit steep for what it does, but the value is sure to increase as they add more features.

Here is a brief video that Earthscape produced to show off the application:

Here are a few photos I took while browsing around: