Street View and walking directions come to Google Maps for mobile

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Today we’re launching a new version of Google Maps for mobile with the same street-level imagery available on desktop. Wondering if the restaurant in your search results is the one you’re thinking of? Just click "Street View" after your search to see the storefront. Unsure about a complicated intersection in your directions? Use Street View to see a photo, so there’s no mistaking your turn. You can also launch Street View from any address where we have photography, or simply by clicking on the map and selecting "Street View". You can browse Street View overlaid on the map or in full screen, rotate your view to see more of your surroundings, and move along the street.

We’ve also added other features to help you search for and get to businesses and locations. You can now read business reviews, so you’ll know if it’s actually worth driving across town to that store. And once you decide where to go, you can get there on foot using the same walking directions (beta) we recently launched on desktop. Finally, we hope you’ll notice significant improvements in search speed with this version, as well as better location accuracy in all versions thanks to this week’s My Location update.

Check out this video to see the new release of Google Maps for mobile in action:

The newest Google Maps for mobile is available now for BlackBerry and many Java-enabled phones. To download it to your phone, visit google.com/gmm from your phone’s web browser or on the desktop. We’re working on bringing all these new features to other platforms as well, so stay tuned.

Posted by Michael Siliski, Product Manager

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