News hardware Google sacrifices a much-loved mobile app
Google continues to clean up its mobile applications: once again, it is one of its services related to mapping that bears the brunt of the company’s pithy decisions. There are still a few months to enjoy.
If you are used to Google Maps, then you undoubtedly know Google Street View. This service allows you to virtually explore the digitized streets of millions of cities around the world. Images captured by the famous Google Carswhich allow you to anticipate a trip by doing location scouting, to take a virtual tour of a place or to explore a known place with a touch of nostalgia.
To use Google Street View, it is currently possible to download the dedicated application, which has been downloaded more than a billion times on Android according to the Google Play Store page. However, you might as well prepare for it right away: this will no longer be relevant from March 21, 2023.
The Google Street View app is going away, but…
For now, Google has not officially announced that the Google Street View application will soon be removed from the Play Store. But in practice, the Mountain View firm has already planned it. Indeed, developers have detected an evocative message within the APK of the latest version of the app, as explained by the 9to5Google site:
“The Street View app is disappearing. The app is disappearing and support will end on March 21, 2023. To publish your own 360 video, upgrade to Street View Studio. To display Street View and add Photo Spheres, use Google Maps. »
In sum, if the Google Street View application will disappear, the service itself will remain relevant. Only, to use it, you will have to choose another channel. At the same time, we learn to Photo Pathsthe application that allowed everyone to publish photos accessible via Street View, will also disappear.
To continue to enjoy Street View after March 21, 2023, you will have three solutions:
- Go through the Google Maps site on your computer or mobile : by using the little yellow man present in the site menu and by dragging it on the map, the streets compatible with Street View appear.
- Using the Google Maps app: same method as for the site.
- Using the Street View Studio app: this solution is intended for people with a device that can take 360° shots.
In practice, it’s a safe bet that you already use Google Maps to use Street View. This is also one of the probable reasons for Google’s decision. The company has been trying for several years to reorganize your offer of applications, with a view toavoid duplicates and therefore to limit the development of similar updates within its various software. We suspect that updating both the Google Street View and Google Maps applications is nonsense for the company.
All that remains is to wait for the concrete formalization of this closure.which shouldn’t take too long, especially now that the information has leaked.