With Goggle unveiling Android 4.2, users can freely upload their 360-degree panoramas to the Google maps. This kind of service was already offered by the Panorama of startup Company TourWrist and Mircosoft’s Photosynth but nothing compares to what Google provides.
“Your images will help make Google Maps more comprehensive, and enable other travelers to get an accurate preview of a location before they arrive,” Google’s Evan Rapoport said in a blog post tackling the functionality of the Photo Sphere.
According to Google, a website is created specifically to highlight places on the Google Map where users can find the exact locations in the Panorama uploaded. Moreover, Google also introduced social integration, where Photo Spheres will be connected with the users’ Google+ accounts at their option, whether they share it to the public or not.
“Google highlights user-contributed panoramas with blue circle icons on Maps. The company also created a Web site to highlight places in the world where you can find them. There’s also social integration: Photo Spheres will be associated with users’ Google+ accounts when they choose to share them publicly,” Google said in a statement, according to Cnet.com.
Meanwhile, Google recently launched its new Voter Information Tool aimed to provide voters significant hints and tips before heading to the ballot box next week for the 2012 Presidential Election.
By just putting their home address, users can know the place where they need to vote and see the candidates running for a particular position.
Google’s tool also provides voters links to candidates’ social-media accounts as well as voting rules and requirements. Google first introduced the Voters Information kit in 2008 but this year’s version expands with regards to providing much in-depth information behind the candidates.