According to the Wall Street Journal‘s Walt Mossberg, Google is nearly ready to add Street View functionality to Google Maps for the mobile web. Google is expected to make the announcement this Thursday, and a widespread availability could happen before the week is over.
Street View is a feature that lets a user get a ground-level view of certain places in Google Maps. You can rotate the camera’s perspective 360 degrees and move up and down the street as if you’re actually there. Google has also expanded its Street View offering by providing interior shots of certain businesses that want a little more exposure.
This feature will definitely pull in frustrated Apple Maps users. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently admitted its maps app isn’t as good as it could be, and suggested its customers use alternatives provided by Bing, Nokia and Google.