Google Maps was one of the things that made the iPhone so awesome. I’m grumpy, now. I didn’t know how much I’d miss Google’s Maps.
Especially Street View. I love street view. I have written about it before. It is so very helpful when traveling. Boo. 3D is pretty. But I don’t want to “fly over”. I want to walk on the street.
Apple is telling us that they are going to be improving their maps. Well, duh. If it wasn’t ready, they shouldn’t have released it. Errors are being reported across the internet.
We have come to expect Apple to make “good stuff”. We depend on them to make “good stuff”. This isn’t the “good stuff”. It’s a step backwards, and that is not very Apple.
Improving “awesome” is awesome. Improving “not ready” is a fail.
Some people don’t care. I heard a TV commentator say that he could care less about Maps, that he knows where he’s going. But those of us who have used Maps know that it is so much more than that. The traffic, the public transport, the reliability. Sigh.
Google apparently is making or has made an app but I’m guessing that Apple will drag its feet before approving it for the App Store.
So what to do?
In the meantime you can go through your browser and bring up Google maps. Click on the action arrow and you will be given an option to add it to your home screen.
This means you now have an icon to take you to Google Maps and it brings back the direction capability for public transport. Ahhhh.
But it does NOT give you Street View.
Fortunately, there is an App that does bring you Street View, and it does a very successful job of it.
It is appropriately named “Live Street View”. There is a free version that comes with ads, but for 99¢ you lose the ads and gain the ability to bookmark.
It is simple and basic. It does the job. Across the top you can tap Map or Satellite or Hybrid.
Simply tap a spot on a street and you get ….. STREET VIEW !! Hurray! And if you turn your device, it turns with you.
Live Street View is a quick and easy solution to give us back our beloved Street View, for now.