Friday, May 6, 2011
Google Brings Street View Inside Businesses, Unveils Google Earth For Android Tablets
Today at Social Loco, Google's Marissa Mayer gave a keynote presentation outlining some of Google's recent advances with its local products. She also unveiled two new features related to Local: a tablet version of Google Earth for Android, and a new extension of Places called Business Photos (which is essentially 'Street View' for business interiors). Back in March at SXSW, Mayer announced that 40% of Maps usage was coming from mobile phones. Today, she announced that the number is now up to over 50% (she qualified this by saying the stat is for weekends, but it sounds like the weekday trend isn't far behind). Next, Mayer announced that Google has now racked up some 5 million ratings and reviews in its database of Places, thanks in part to its successful (and oddly named) Hotpot project. The keynote then turned to some product launches. The first is Google Business Photos, which will allow users to explore the interiors of select businesses.