Google Maps with Street View now available on Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile phones
This is in line with the Google Street View Team’s recent international escapades to take photos of places in France, Italy, Spain, and Australia. Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile devices are pretty popular there, so they’ve decided to release it for both platforms in the latest version of Google Maps for Mobile.
Keep in mind that Google Street View currently only works in select destinations. And here’s a quick refresher:
Street View lets you access street level imagery to help orient yourself when looking for places, businesses, or getting directions. Say you’re going to meet with friends at an unfamiliar restaurant. Now you can search for it in Google Maps for mobile, click on “Street View”, and see what the place and surrounding area look like. Similarly, say you need to get to a shop in a part of town you don’t know. Find it using your phone, get directions to it, and see how to get there with full-screen panorama images of every step along the way.
Google has also added a few extra features to the new version of Google Maps for Mobile, which are, “request walking directions (in addition to driving and public transit) to get anywhere on foot, receive transit alerts from participating public transportation authorities, and see what other people think of a place by reading reviews directly on your phone.” The entire user interface has also been overhauled to make the app more responsive and easier to use.
Nokia S60 or Windows Mobile smartphone owners eager to take this for a spin can go to google.com/gmm on their phone’s browsers to download.