Google Maps' Street View Available to iOS 6 Users Via Safari
October 4, 2012 9:01 PM
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Google Maps' Street View on Safari for iOS 6
As of now, most geographic areas in the U.S. and Canada are included in the Street View option
Many iOS 6 users have expressed their longing for Google Maps features since
Apple decided to release its own mapping service
for the new OS, and now, Street View has been made available via the Web app version.
IOS 6 and iPhone 5 users can now use Street View once again on Google Maps' Web app, which is accessible through Safari's built-in search function or the Google Maps homepage.
Through Safari, users can bring up the map for a satellite view of an area they've searched. In the bottom right-hand corner, a new stick figure icon shows up alongside other basic mapping tools, and by pressing this, the Street View option opens in a new window. According to reports, the panning and scrolling tools are intuitive, but there is no zoom.
Google Maps' Street View, which offers a 360-degree street level view of various cities, rolled out for many areas throughout the day. As of now, most geographic areas in the U.S. and Canada are included.
Last month, Google announced that it would
bring a Google Maps app to iOS 6
users in a couple of months while it works on a new version for the OS. Google Maps was the previous mapping service of choice for iOS users, but Apple dropped the bomb on Google this year when it announced plans of deploying its own mapping service in iOS 6.
Once iOS 6 was released in early September, users noticed many problems, such as geography that didn't match that of Earth's and a poor navigation system. Apple took a lot of heat, and
Google's Exeutive Chairman Eric Schmidt
even said that
Apple should've stayed with Google Maps
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RE: YouTube as well
10/5/2012 2:45:42 PM
Don't believe so? There is a YouTube app but it's not for ios6... it's letter boxed for one... And has a lot of flaws such as in landscape mode you can't see your reception the time battery etc, in landscape there aren't any forward or back buttons or a "done" button, there is no way to switch off HD which is on by default, once a song is playing and you exit the app by double tapping home and scrolling left to the media player doesn't let you continue to play the song while outside the app, and you can't edit your favorites.
YouTube.com lets you do all of that while still having the same interface as the standalone app, except playing music/video outside of safari doesn't allow you to use the browser while you still listen unless you use a 3rd party browser.
RE: YouTube as well
10/7/2012 5:35:21 AM
There is a YouTube app for iOS, and it works on iOS6. It's pretty much identical to the YouTube app for Android so far as I can tell. The only difference I've noticed is that on iPhone there's a full-screen button (so you can go full-screen without disabling rotation lock), which is better than on my Galaxy Note where it seems the only way to go full-screen is to disable rotation lock and have it decide based on the phone's orientation. Oddly enough, on my Nexus 7 it's as good as on the iPhone.
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