Google Street View’s dedicated Android app will be shut down next year

All of my favorite Google apps are shutting down this year, and to be honest, that’s a bit of a shame. I know the company is rapidly moving towards web apps, but they still don’t have feature parity with the Android version that is disappearing from the face of the earth.

The latest service on the chopping block is the standalone Street View app – it’s going away on March 21, 2023. Now it’s much less useful than just using Street View in Google Maps thanks to the discontinuation of Google Daydream, and you can no longer be transported to these places in a VR headset, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t useful yet.

Credit: 9to5Google

In particular, I loved the photo paths and photo spheres you see above. They were collections of very specific places you could walk into and see 360 ​​degrees as a virtual tourist, and they were awesome. The shutdown of the dedicated app was first spotted by 9to5Google in its latest APK Insights report on the app itself.

To continue publishing 360 degree videos, you can switch to “Street View Studio”, and to add Photo Spheres, you can use Google Maps in the future. You’ll notice that I didn’t mention any other way to use Photo Paths after the app is gone for good, and that’s because, well, there isn’t, at least not yet.

I’ve only used the app to explore the world during the global pandemic using my Daydream headset, but recognize that usage is likely extremely low. I know that Google Expeditions has also shut down and classrooms have been using both apps a lot. I just hope the company has more in store for educators and students in the near future.

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