Apple’s Google Street View Rival Launches in More U.S. Locations

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Look Around is Apple’s very own alternative to Google Street View, and the feature is bundled with Apple Maps on all supported devices.
However, Look Around, whose purpose is to provide street-level imagery to Apple users, is still expanding at a rather slow pace across the world, no matter if we’re referring to the United States or other countries.

This week, Apple has launched Look Around in several new cities in the U.S., including Detroit, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. In other words, the street-level images in Apple Maps are now available in the following American metropolitan areas: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Oahu, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

As far as non-U.S. locations are concerned, Look Around is currently offered to select users in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Japan.

Apple is betting big on Apple Maps and is working around the clock to improve the service to transform it into a better alternative to Google Maps.

Earlier this year, the Cupertino-based tech giant announced a massive update for Apple Maps with refreshed map data and new capabilities, including on CarPlay.

Users who connect their iPhones to their cars’ head units are now provided with more information for their routes, including stop sign and traffic light details. However, just like Look Around, the availability of the new Apple Maps is still expanding gradually across the world, with Canada the most recent country to receive it.

Of course, Google is also improving Google Maps in the meantime, and the most recent significant change for the service is the introduction of a driving mode for Android devices. With this feature, Google Maps becomes the central key of a new navigation experience that provides users with a full driving optimized interface with one-tap access to essential functionality like music playback and phone calls.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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