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Google Maps update adds “cool” desktop feature to the mobile apps

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Google Maps is arguably one of the most important apps on your phone thanks to all its capabilities. Do you want to travel from one city to another using the fastest possible route? Google Maps does that for you. Need to find a place to stay? Somewhere to enjoy a meal? get gas? Visit a famous landmark? These are all things Google Maps can help find for you.

Tom’s guide reports that a feature found on the desktop version of Google Maps is coming to the mobile version. It’s a pretty cool feature based on Google Street View. The latter is now 15 years old and has a library of over 220 billion images from over 100 countries and territories. And because Google saves all the images taken for Street View, it can create a kind of time machine that shows you photos of a location from 2007 over the years.
On the desktop version of Google Maps, users have been able to see how structures are created over time. This feature has been exclusive to Google Maps on the desktop since 2014. As of yesterday, Google has started updating this Street View “Time Travel” feature to the Android and iOS versions of Google Maps.

To see if this now works on your phone, go to Street View and open any location. Tap the photo and if you have the latest version of Google Maps installed, you’ll see more information about the location and an option to See more dates

Google is also looking to expand its collection of Street View photos thanks to a new Street View camera that will take photos in places where the infamous Street View cars don’t fit. Although the new cameras are the size of a small cat, they have the same resolution, power and processing capabilities as the cameras used in Google’s Street View vehicles. The new cameras are modular and may include new components, such as a LiDAR sensor that can help capture lane markings and potholes.

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