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Street View, a new app for exploring the world on your smartphone or tablet

Google released Street View, a new app that enables Android and iPhone users to explore the world on their mobile devices.

Street View is a feature that has been included in Google Maps since 2007. An individual Street View app could mean a separation between the two services although at the moment of writing Street View still works inside to Google Maps.

As it happens with new Google apps, Street View will be available around the world as part of a slow rollout. If you want to try it, you can download the APK file and install it on your smartphone or tablet.

All you have to do is enable the “Unknown sources” button inside the Android Settings’ Security tab. Remember to turn it back off to avoid potential security threats.

The Street View app includes the new Google logo and is divided into four sections. Explore shows you a map with red circles set in different countries; select a country and tap in a red button to see a Street view image and start moving around.

Some of the places display a Pegman (you know, the yellow Street View man that lets you move between streets) and a blue road line to discover new places. Swipe your finger up and down to see all the view photos available.

Collections offers a set of street view images selected by Google while Profile and Private gather all your spherical photos.

The neat thing about the new Street View app is that you can contribute to the images Google uses to show different places to people around the world.

All you have to do is tap on the hamburger menu on the top left and select Camera to upload 360-degrees Street View pictures to Google’s database. Street View also enables you to connect spherical cameras using Wi-Fi.

If you have been craving to go somewhere new but don’t have the time or money, Street View opens a window to different locations around the globe that you can see on your smartphone or tablet.

Download Street View free for Android 2.2 or later, or on iOS 7 or later here, and please leave your comments below.