Google Announces Planned Changes to Business View & Street Views

Yesterday, on their public Google Maps and Earth Help Forum, Google announced some significant changes to Street View – which will involve a rebranding and restructure of their existing Business Views service.

New Street View app

Street ViewA NEW Street View app will replace the existing Photo Sphere Camera app – with both iOS and Android versions supporting Googles photo sphere camera mode. The app will be capable of linking to spherical cameras, including two at launch: the NCTech iris360 and the Giroptic 360cam.

Street View | Trusted

A range of changes are also planned for the existing Google Maps Business View program. In mid–August, this certified photographer program will be rebranded as “Street View | Trusted.

It will continue to focus on supporting pro photographers who publish photo spheres to Google Maps, but will shed many of its stringent requirements :  enrollment will be easier; publishing requirements will be simpler; and publishing and editing reliability will be improved.

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from around mid-August Photo sphere upload will be made available directly from the Google Maps website, and later in the year, Google Maps will re-introduce the lost support for creating connections between photo spheres (“constellations”) with a new, more automated solution.

Business Photos on Google Maps

Thousands of participating businesses owners around the world, already have Business Photos associated with their Google+ Pages , and Google has  been working hard to improve the comprehensiveness of interior, panoramic imagery available on Google and Google Maps.

So, if you are searching or browsing Google Maps and want to check out what a business looks like on the inside, it is now even easier to find and view these 360-degree panoramics. Simply drag and drop the orange Pegman on the left hand side of your screen onto an orange circle on the map. Voila! You’ll be virtually transported through the doors, and able to pan around and explore the interior of the establishment.


Drop Pegman on the orange dots to get 360 degree interior views of participating businesses
For an even better idea of where and how you can find these helpful interior Business Photos, watch the following video. Then let Google Maps help you explore the interiors of the participating places in your area.