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Google launches new Street View app for iPhone

Google has launched a standalone iPhone app for Street View that will allow you to access and contribute imagery without having to go through Google Maps. More after the jump.

As well as allowing you to explore landmarks, natural wonders, and basically the world, the app will also let users contribute by shooting 360-degree images that Google refers to as “photo spheres”. You can shoot photos directly within the Street View app and then have the images uploaded to Google Maps automatically. Photo spheres (360-degree images) can be shot with your iPhone or with an external camera like the Ricoh Theta S.


App Store description:
Explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, restaurants, and small businesses with Google Street View.

Also create photo spheres to add your own Street View experiences. Start with your phone’s camera or add a one-shot spherical camera (like the Ricoh Theta S) for easy 360 photograhy. Then, you can publish to Google Maps to share your photo spheres with the world.

Content gallerries:
– Browse Google’s most popular special collections
– Explore all of Street View (including contributions from others)
– Review your public profile of published photo spheres
– Manage your private photo spheres

Creating and sharing photo spheres:
– Use your phones camera (no camera accessories required)
– Connect to a spherical camera to capture in one tap
– Share to Google Maps as immersive photo spheres
– Share privately as flat photos

You can download Google Street View on the App Store here.

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