Want to contribute to Google’s mapping of the world through Street View? It has long required a special camera, but now Google Maps will now allow you to use your smartphone to do exactly that. I like this idea, as we seek to expand our view of different locations in rural areas, hiking trails, and more. Privacy will continue, as faces and license plates will still be blurred out.

Google is allowing anyone to submit Street View photos to Google Maps. It’s available initially in a few areas, and anyone with a compatible Android phone can record and upload their own Street View photos.

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