In honor of 15 years of Street View, Google Maps gets a time capsule.

On-Street View's 15th Anniversary, Google Announces New Feature That Lets You See All Log History in 360 Degrees on Android and iOS

Street View, a feature embedded into Google Maps that allows you to view 360-degree photographs of destinations on the map, is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The corporation also announced the launch of a new function at the same time. Apps for Android and iOS now have a new feature that allows you to examine how a location has changed through time, acting as a kind of "time capsule."

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In a Google blog post, the company claims that Street View was conceived by the company's co-founder, Larry Page, fifteen years ago. The project's goal was to create an interactive 360-degree map of the entire globe.

This month, on the tool's anniversary, Google says it has reached a new milestone: there are already over 220 billion images in the Maps feature, covering over 100 regions and countries. As part of the celebration, a new feature was also announced globally on Tuesday.

Street View gets a “time capsule”

According to Google, Street View has as one of its functions “capturing the world as it changes”, as well as being “a powerful way to remember the past”. That's why the company started releasing a new tool that allows you to see the entire history of records captured so far in a given place.

The user can now enter Google Maps, and activate Street View at any location and a “timeline” will be accessible. In it, you can see every record ever made from that place. 360-degree images are separated by months and years.

The feature was previously available in the Web version; simply click on the clock symbol in the upper left corner of the screen, just below the visiting address, to activate it. On Android and iOS, Google states that to see the location information, you must tap somewhere on the photo. The user will then be given the option to "See more dates," which will allow them to swipe across the timeline.

“Timeline” already appears in the web version of Street View (Image: Reproduction/ Google Maps)
 “Timeline” already appears in the web version of Street View (Image: Reproduction/ Google Maps)

Although Google announced the global launch of the new feature, the function has not yet arrived on Android and iOS smartphones, even with the updated application. So it is likely that the novelty is being rolled out gradually.

Google announces “ultraportable” camera for mapping

Street View on Smartphone.

“Street View not only helps you explore virtually, but it's also critical to our mapping efforts. It lets you see the most up-to-date information about the world while laying the groundwork for a more immersive and intuitive map.” Google on blog post

That said, Google has announced yet another news for the anniversary of Street View. The company also introduced a new camera to map the world. According to the company, the new technology offers “more ways to explore images”.

Weighing less than 15 lb, the new equipment can be used and transported more easily. “We are testing a new camera that will be released next year to help us collect high-quality images in more places. This new camera takes all the power, resolution, and processing capabilities we've built into an entire Street View car," Google said. 

A new “ultraportable” camera for Street View officially arrives in 2023 (Image: Disclosure / Google)
 A new “ultraportable” camera for Street View officially arrives in 2023 (Image: Disclosure / Google)

In practice, the camera condenses all the equipment needed to map the streets and regions of the planet in an “ultraportable” device. Its size is similar to that of a house cat, according to Google. The device announced for Street View has a blue structure with two lenses on its top and a metallic body with apertures.

With this, Google promises to map more difficult-to-access terrain, such as the Amazon jungle and can be carried more easily on the backs of partner travelers. In addition, it is a customizable device, where laser scanners, for example, can be attached or removed as needed. The company says any vehicle with a roof rack can use it, controlling the cameras remotely.

With info from Tecnoblog.

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