Google has just made some quiet updates to the Street View data in Google Earth, finally adding support for business interiors and the new Android photo spheres. Thanks to GEB reader ‘Munden’ for being the first to let us know about this.
Google has been rapidly increasing the number of business with interior Street View imagery, but that imagery has previously been unavailable inside of Google Earth. Now if you zoom in far enough you’ll see small dark circles where you can drop pegman onto the map and see those interior shots right in Google Earth! The circles can be difficult to see and almost appear to be part of the map, but you’ll find them if you look carefully.
If you’d like to add your business so that it shows up as well, here is how to get started.
This new feature also allows you to view the nifty photo spheres that newer Android devices can capture. These are 360 degree panoramas that are stitched together from dozens of individual photos from your phone. They work great and you can now find them right in Google Earth.
For information on submitting photo spheres, this article on Android Central does a great job of walking you through the process of submitting them to Google for use on both Maps and Earth.