Ronny Lam

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Google Will Introduce Street-view in the Web-app

Walt Mossberg from AllThingsD claims to have had the privilege of testing street-view in the Google Maps Web App:

Google plans to announce on Thursday that it is adding its popular Street View feature, missing from Appleā€™s maps, to the Web version of Google Maps accessed from the iPhone and iPad. I tested this addition, which displays 360-degree photographic street views of selected locations, and interior photographic views of certain businesses, using sample links Google sent me. These links worked well, allowing me to see the locations and pan around with a finger.

I hope Google will deliver on this claim, however…
Still being an iPhone 3gs user I can assure you that you definetly need to access this from Mobile Safari and not from Google’s Chrome. Google can’t help this, but I foresee this problem because they don’t have access to Apple’s fast Nitro Javascript Engine through Chrome and therefore are bound to the slower UIWebView.