One of the standout features of Google Maps that other mapping apps simply cannot contend with is Street View, Google’s feature for seeing imagery that offers you an immersive, 360-degree, street-level view of roadways and retail shops. Now, Google is launching a standalone app for Street View that will let you access and contribute images without needing to go through Google Maps:

In one gallery, you can explore Street View collections and material from Google Maps along with picture spheres contributed from individuals around the world. So whether you desire to track the Loch Ness monster in Scotland, scale the renowned rock wall El Capitan in Yosemite, or hike Mt. Fuji, the Street View app has you covered.

The app will also let users contribute by shooting the 360-degree imagery that Google refers to as Picture Spheres. Users can shoot the pictures from straight within the new Street View app and they are automatically uploaded to Google Maps. You can utilize your Android device or iPhone for photo spheres, however Google keeps in mind that advanced users will have the ability to connect video cameras like the Ricoh Theta S, or NCTech iris360, devices developed to shoot the 360-degree images much like Google’s own Trekker electronic camera.

Given that the Street View app integrateds the Picture Sphere electronic camera function, Google will use it to replace its old Photo Sphere Video camera app for iPhone users. Android users will observe the brand-new Street View app in location of the Street View for Google Maps app on their devices.

iPhone users can download the new standalone Street View app on the App Store now.


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