I have not really explored much of Google Earth’s street maps but lately I’ve been doing some exploration of my hometown in the Philippines – Laoag City. Google Maps street view of the place is absolutely fantastic. I’ve learned a lot about my own city’s streets (which I did not know prior to using Google Earth and other related Google apps).
Here are sample photos of the Street View in Google Maps updated this April 2009. The second image is more detailed (lower zoom) and it gives a clear view of how the streets are connected within a certain location. If you want to take a tour of your own city in the virtual world, then all you have to do is use Google earth and set your location by name and you’ll see street views in a whole new way. Alternatively, you can set the Google Latitude Longitude to see the exact location of the coordinates (just in case you are not aware of the name of the coordinates given).
In your cell phones, you can download Google Maps for Your Mobile Phones and see the photos similar to the ones shown above. But you have to check the supported phones before doing this to ensure that you can really utilize this nifty mapping tool.
Between Google Earth 5 and Microsoft Virtual earth, I’m inclined to favor the former because its satellite photos of earth are really amazing. Google Maps Street views are also constantly updated every few months. Google Map Maker is also available here in the Philippines but I have yet to check it out and probably submit photos I’ve taken here in my home province so that tourists can better appreciate our place and be given directions ahead of time before coming here. This is especially useful because our province is a tourist spot in the country and many foreigners come here every now and then to take a vacation.
Update: The first two photos are satellite images, only the third photo (lowest) is the actual Google Street View (US) and the last photo is a sample screenshot of a street in the Philippines showing a street and a landmark (Pascual building). This mistake was pointed out by 2 kind commenters (see comments below). The second photo was uploaded by our writer by mistake. He was supposed to upload the last photo, but still a note to the public: Google Street View Philippines is not complete yet. The photos you will see elsewhere were definitely uploaded by users, local folks or tourists but they are good previews of the streets you’ll be interested in. We’re keeping the photos in the post anyway.
To the commenters, thanks for the corrections! – ADMIN