[prMac.com] Seefeld, Germany – FutureTap today announces Streets 2.0 for iPhone and iPad, a major update to its “Street View” app that provides panoramic, street-level imagery of any location pinpointed in Maps. In version 2.0 the app is renamed to “Streets” in order to be found easier on the App Store. Compared to the Google Maps app, Streets offers a much greater resolution and zoom range, displays the street view coverage and is optimized for iPad, too. Version 2.0 also adds social sharing of panoramas discovered with the app. Streets searches cities, addresses, or contacts, enables interactive tours of 500+ “gallery places” like museums and coral reefs.
* Displays street view panoramas in worldwide locations
* Searches cities, addresses, or contacts
* Selection of 500+ “gallery places” interactive panoramas
* Can be launched directly from the Maps app or by itself
* NEW: Display of the street view coverage (blue overlay) or, on demand, the current traffic (green, yellow and red overlays)
* NEW: Use of Google vector maps and satellite imagery with higher resolution
* NEW: Tilt and rotate the map using touch gestures
* NEW: Share panorama pictures via email, iMessage, Facebook, and Twitter
* NEW: Display the current panorama location in the Maps app or FutureTap’s award winning Where To? app, its international points of interest finder
* NEW: Save panorama pictures to the Camera Roll
* NEW: Display the panorama photo date by tapping on the title bar
Amidst the controversy of the ongoing Google vs. Apple map wars and Apple supplying their own Maps app in iOS 6, the consumer has been forced to stand by as the two mega-companies did battle. With Streets 2.0, iOS users can reap the benefit of market forces at work to enjoy a map experience superior, yet integrated into, the maps from Google and Apple.
Apple’s Maps app, though it lacks a true street view, is good and getting better. Now, users can touch to create a destination pushpin in Maps and, with just a few taps, view that location within Streets in a high-resolution, street view display layered on top of Google vector maps and satellite imagery. One touch smoothly moves the user from Streets back to Maps, and the integration is so intuitive, the two feel like one app.
Version 2.0 adds a great number of useful new features. These are the most important ones:
– A blue overlay indicates the street view coverage to inform the user whether street view is available for a given location. Alternatively, the current traffic conditions can be displayed in the map.
– Google vector maps and high resolution satellite imagery instead of the standard Apple map provide a richer, more detailed map experience. The map can be tilted and rotated using touch gestures.
– Interesting panorama findings can now be shared with friends via email, iMessage, Facebook and Twitter or saved as geo-referenced photos in the camera roll.
“Maps or Google Maps? Get the best of both,” commented Ortwin Gentz of FutureTap. “Streets 2.0 offers panoramas with much higher resolution and greater zoom range than Google Maps. And it’s optimized for iPad, too. No wonder, more than half the app launches are on iPads.”
* English, German, and French
* iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th generation), and iPad
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 7.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Streets 2.0 is available through the end of July at the introductory price of $0.99 (USD); after that it will cost $1.99. It can be downloaded worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category. Previous owners of FutureTap’s Street View 1.x are eligible to receive Streets 2.0 as a free update. Review copies are available on request.FutureTap
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Based in Munich, Germany, FutureTap was founded by Ortwin Gentz in 2008 with the mission to create innovative and easy-to-use apps that fully leverage the iPhone user interface concept. FutureTap is known for Where To?, the leading points of interest finder app, acquired from tap tap tap. Where To? is localized into 10 different languages to maximize worldwide coverage, and it has sold more than 450,000 copies. Copyright (C) 2008-2013 FutureTap. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
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