Google lets users create spaces on Street ViewFeatured, Shopping Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Google has taken the ‘digital map’ experience to an all-new level by letting users create their own street view and share it on Google Maps. By simply using Google’s Photo Sphere technology, and with the help of an Android phone or a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera you can create a 360 degree view of any place in the globe.
The new tool is most useful to travelers who wish to share their explorations with more than just friends and family. Street Viewing on the web is therefore no longer limited to only what Google offers – the new tool allows users to upload and publish their own photographs of a certain location or country.
“We are excited to see the different types of Street View experiences that everyone will contribute,” says Google in a blog post. The post further added that this feature can now enable environmental non-profits to document and promote the beautiful places they strive to protect.
“It also opens up a new tool for photographers to showcase diversity in a specific location – by times of day, weather conditions or cultural events – in a way that Street View currently doesn’t cover,” the post said.
Users simply have to create photo spheres using an Android phone or a DSLR and share them on Google Views. Using the new tool, photo spheres from a user profile can be selected and connected together. Once connected and published, anyone can navigate between them on Google Maps, just as in Street View.
The company also recently purchased an Israeli social mapping company called Waze, announcing too an intent of enhancing Google Maps.
Due to smart phones, tablets and other such gadgets being vastly used for searching locations, there has been a significant increase in applications related to maps and navigation. Google Maps are vastly used by various mobile applications to locate places, recommend places to visit and more.