Google Maps Captures The Most Famous Mountains On Earth

Google Maps Captures The Most Famous Mountains On Earth

Google Maps has been going beyond simply mapping streets lately as they’ve been able to map NFL stadiums and the Grand Canyon earlier this year. You would think that would be enough to earn a pat on the back from the majority of the tech world, but Google is announcing they’re taking Google Maps where most people haven’t gone before: mountains.

Google Maps now allows you to explore a number of the most famous mountains on Earth, which includes Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Aconcagua in South America and Mount Elbrus in Europe. Each of these mountains belong to a group of peaks known as the Seven Summits, which means they’re the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

The imagery that is now a part of Google Maps was captured by a lightweight tripod and a digital camera equipped with a fisheye lens, and of course actual people scaling these huge mountains. We’re sure the trip was as easy as going down to the local grocery store and picking up a pack of ice on a hot summer’s day.

Google will also be hosting a Google+ hangout at 10 a.m. PT to tell their tales of adventure, romance and intrigue they experienced during their time mapping the Seven Summits.

Street View feature now available in Google Maps web app

As expected, Google has started rolling out its popular Street View feature to the web version of its Maps app this morning, bringing the option back to iPhone 5 and iOS 6 users.

Early reports claimed that the data was limited to the US and Canada. But now it appears that the feature has gone live around the world. Keep reading for our first impressions…

Street View in and of itself is impressive. Navigation is surprisingly smooth, the picture quality is at least on par with its native counterpart, and we had no trouble finding places to test it out.

It is worth pointing out, however, that there’s no zoom option here, which is kind of a bummer. And we have noticed a few bugs here and there, like image distortion and windows force closing.

But overall, the feature looks and works great. And folks who have been missing it on iOS 6 will be happy to have it back. This should tide them over until a native Google Maps app hits.