Google is shutting down its dedicated Street View app next year

Google is shutting down its dedicated Street View app next year

Posted on Nov 5, 2022

The Street View feature on Google Maps creates a 3D model of our immediate physical environment using millions of panoramic photographs. Google and outside providers provide the data for Street View. We've made it possible for individuals all around the world to virtually visit every corner of the globe.
But Google is planning to discontinue the Street View app for Android, but will retain the capability in Google Maps.

Regarding APK Insight: In this "APK Insight" article, we have decompiled the most recent version of an application that Google posted to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (which, in the case of Android applications, are referred to as APKs), we are able to examine a number of lines of code within them that provide hints to potential new features. It is important to keep in mind that Google may or may not ever deploy these features, and that our understanding of what they are may be inaccurate. We will attempt to enable those that are closer to completion to show you how they will seem if they do ship. 

If you want to get a feel for your next trip destination or simply explore the world without leaving the comfort of your own home, Google's Street View is an excellent tool that makes it simple to have a glance at practically any street in the world from every angle imaginable. While the Google Maps app has for some time now made it simple to access Street View, there is now an app that is just dedicated to Street View that is available for both Android and iOS.

This stand-alone app was useful for two different types of users: those who wanted to explore Street View in depth and those who wanted to add their own 360° photos. Given that the more popular Google Maps app has support for Street View and that Google offers a "Street View Studio" online app for contributors, it should come as no surprise that the firm is planning to discontinue the Street View app.

In the most recent update for the Street View app, version 2.0.0.484371618, Google has included a number of deprecation/shutdown messages. These notifications are not yet accessible in the application, but our team has enabled them.

Google acknowledges in the notification that the Street View app will be discontinued on March 31, 2023, and encourages users to transition to Google Maps or Street View Studio.

However, the "Photo Paths" function is one of the features that will no longer be available once the Street View app is completely retired. Photo Paths were introduced last year with the goal of allowing anybody with a smartphone to upload basic 2D photographs of a road or path that was missing from Google's Street View database. Photo Paths is one of the Street View app's features that can't be replicated on the web app or the Google Maps app.

 

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