Posted June 5, 2009 2:36 pm by with 4 comments

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Google Street View has generated plenty of controversy with its actual photographs of street-level navigation. But tracing a trip to the coffee shop down the block in Street View took longer than actually walking there. The lag made actually navigating on Street View cumbersome at best—until now. Google announces a new, much faster way of navigating through Street View.

The faster navigation features a “pancake” mouseover position marker. Double click the frosted pane and you can move as far as the eye can see. The improvements also feature faster zoom on street-side buildings.

I could keep explaining this, but it’ll only take you 90 seconds to watch this video, and it’s way easier to understand:

What do you think? Will you use Street View more with its new faster navigation, or is it still just a novelty?

  • Nathan

    Wow MUCH better!
    I just wish they’d add Vietnam StreetView!

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  • der-nette-seo

    I find the new navigation much better. Thanks for the News, i hope it will be fast integrated in Google Germany :)

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  • VitaminCM

    This is really a lot better. Is it me, or is the image resolution also a little sharper?
    Anyway an even better way to waste and spare time you might have.

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  • Brennan

    Very impressive even though I am not a huge fan because of the privacy concerns of it but I guess you can get images removed if you want. Just to think of everything that went into this and that probably within a few years they will have most of the world indexed is pretty mind-blowing.

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