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Build your own Google Street View experience using Photo Spheres

Posted: , by Luis D.

Build your own Google Street View experience using Photo Spheres
Today Google made it possible for everyone to build their own Street View experience using Photo Spheres. Thankfully, you don't need a self-driving car or a backbreaking Trekker camera backpack. All you need is an Android phone or a DSLR camera. Step 1 - use your devices to create photo spheres and share them with Google's Views community. Step 2 - piece them together in your very own Street View tour using Google's "connect the dots" approach. Step 3 - embed it on your blog or website, publish it on Google Maps and let people discover it for themselves.

If you run a tourist business and want to show it to the world, or have a swanky office and want to impress potential partners with a view inside, consider this tool a downright blessing. Google's ideas are even better - environmental non-profits can document and promote the beautiful places they strive to protect. Photographers can showcase locations at different times of day, weather conditions or cultural events, contributing to always up-to date Street View panoramas.

With this piece of interesting technology and the latest Nexus 5 update upping the Android flagship's camera game, Google are being seriously awesome today. Just look at the gorgeous Street View tour below, made by Evan Rapoport, Google Maps & Photo Sphere Product Manager:

source: Google via Pocket-Lint

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posted on 10 Dec 2013, 09:48 1

1. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

No thanks, I'd rather not be tracked.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 10:00 3

2. buccob (Posts: 2699; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

The chances that someone wants to spend time and money on tracking you in particular are very little.... However..

I already published a couple of PhotoSpheres in Maps so my friends could see them as intended (not a distorted rectangle) And besides the obvious geolocation of the photo, I have all of my location reporting Turned off all the time...

There are more chances of you being tracked using your iPhone btw

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 11:47 2

3. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 871; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

Now that's a cool idea Google. Hope Nokia does something like this as well.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 02:42

4. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

giving nokia a headache.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 01:28 1

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

That's really amazing.

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 15:47

6. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

This is really cool. Download the app Sphere 360 or something. I can't remember what its called, but if you search "photo spheres" in the google play store, it will be the 2nd or 3rd one.

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