Google Street View’s “time travel” feature is coming to smartphones

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Google Street View’s “time travel” feature is being added to smartphones for the first time, allowing users to view historic photos of places on their mobile devices for the first time.

Street View is the tech giant’s 360-degree photo-based world map with images captured from cameras mounted on vehicles and even backpacks and can be found in Google Maps

Currently, only users of the desktop version of Street View can access all available historical imagery of a location – for example a landmark or the street they live in, dating back to the launch of Street View in 2007, but this feature is now extended to iOS and Android Smartphones.

Street View is about capturing the world as it changes, and it’s also a powerful way to reminisce about the past

The announcement comes as the Street View feature celebrates its 15th anniversary.

“Street View is about capturing the world as it changes, and it’s also a powerful way to reminisce about the past,” said Ethan Russell, senior director of product management for Google Maps.

“Starting today on Android and iOS globally, it’s now easier than ever to time travel right from your phone.

“Here’s how it works: When viewing Street View images of a location, tap anywhere on the photo to view location information.

“Then tap ‘See more dates’ to see historical images we’ve published of this location, dating back to the launch of Street View in 2007.

“Scroll through each of the images to see a digital time capsule that shows how a place has changed.”

As part of the anniversary celebrations, Google has also revealed the most searched locations on Street View in the UK, with Big Ben topping the list ahead of Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium and Buckingham Palace.

Stonehenge and the British Museum completed the top five, with London Bridge, Folkestone White Horse, London Eye, Oxford University and Wembley Stadium also making the top ten.

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