Google Maps Drops 3D Street Views, Was It a Prank?

Apr 9, 2010 - 8:13 am 3 by
Filed Under Misc Google

Google Street Views 3D ManOn April Fools day, Google Maps announced street views in 3D. Basically, when you went to Google Maps, activated the street view version, you would get a Street Views 3D man that looked like the icon at the top right of this post. Here is how it looked on the Street View page:

Google Street Views 3D

The thing is, the 3D feature stuck around a until yesterday, seven days after April Fools Day. So many thought it was not an April Fools prank, but today, it is gone. So people don't know what to believe.

We have two Google Maps Help threads with complaints. One said that they went out, spent money on 3D glasses and it is no longer there.

Top contributor, treebles, in the Google Maps forum is not convinced it is gone forever, he said:

I do not think it was an April's fools joke, but there were lots of complaints because apparently broke the functionality of the zoom bar on web sites hosting Google maps using the maps API. Hopefully it will be brought back when the problem is fixed.

Honestly, I am not sure. What do you think?

Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.

Update: Based on all the complaints, Google may bring back 3d street views.

Update 2: On April 21, 2010 it seems Google brought back 3D street views using a different form of activating it.


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