Google Street View is a magical realm of accidental crimes in progress, fires, and other assorted serendipitous fun. Now, you'll be able to scroll around the inside of businesses! Which is cool—but here's how it could be cooler.
You're a coffeeshop barista, and today you're ready for the rush. Apron on, you open the doors to welcome the deluge of customers. Except today, it's a trickle. But why? Maybe because Google says you've gone out of business.
Up to now, Google users have been able to manage their favorite places and personal maps with a few Google apps. Still, keeping track of them was a little disjointed. Now, Google is making the process simpler with My Places.
With the great NFC race looming, Google is axing support for QR Codes in their Places service. QR codes made a noble play for the hearts and minds of nerds, but honestly, I hope this is the first step towards their complete and utter annihilation.
Google's library of data is immense, sometimes dauntingly so. The new Google Places iPhone app is an elegant entry point into one particularly dark and disorganized fold of Google's mega-brain: their restaurant, bar, and venue listings.
After a brief play Place Search looks like something I'll be using a lot. It grabs all local services and venues when a search request is made (such as "South London gyms"), displaying all relevant info on the first page.
The newest update for Android's Google Maps app offers a dedicated Places icon, for location-based business searches. Places can be opened discretely from the app launcher, offering you the same information on neighborhood establishments found via the browser-based version. [Google Mobile Blog via All Things D]