In case you hadn't noticed, the Google Street View team has been busy photographing France
, and Australia
. Given the international focus of recent Street View launches, it's time Google make Street View accessible on phones that are especially popular in those countries. Google announced the availability of Google Maps for mobile
version 2.3 with Street View on Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile. Street View was previously released on Google Maps for Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone.
Street View lets you access street level imagery to help orient yourself when looking for places, businesses, or getting directions. Say you're going to meet with friends at an unfamiliar restaurant. Now you can search for it in Google Maps for mobile, click on "Street View", and see what the place and surrounding area look like. Similarly, say you need to get to a shop in a part of town you don't know. Find it using your phone, get directions to it, and see how to get there with full-screen panorama images of every step along the way.
While Street View is not yet available everywhere, Google will continue rolling out support across other geographies in the coming months.