Google plans to end support for a standalone Street View app in March 2023. The company will remove the app from the App Store and Google Play in the coming weeks.
The Street View app, available for both Android and iOS, allows viewing locations on Google Maps and adding 360-degree images to view the streets.
Street View is available in the main Google Maps app, and panoramic images can be added using the Street View Studio web app. All of this makes a separate Street View app meaningless, and it looks like that's the reason the company plans to discontinue support for the app.
According to The Verge, this change is unlikely to affect Google Maps itself. On the contrary, Street View can become even more detailed and better: just recently Google demonstrated tools that will add a lot of interesting things to the Maps platform. Among these tools is the so-called Immersive View, which provides a three-dimensional aerial view of a particular location and gives information about the weather, traffic and so on.
Another useful feature developed for Live View Google Maps uses augmented reality technology to superimpose information the user needs, such as walking directions, on top of the view in the smartphone's camera. This feature will make it easier for users to find ATMs, restaurants and other locations. In the coming months, the feature will be available in London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo.
Google also recently shut down the messaging platform Hangouts, and users were invited to switch to Google Chat.