(Pocket-Lint) – As well as showing you pictures of how different locations now look, Google Street View can now show you what they used to be like.
A historical timeline has been added to Street View inside the Google Maps app for Android and iOS.
When you view a street view image of a location, you’ll see a new “See more dates” link. Tap on it and you will see various pictures taken by street view vehicles for the last 15 years.
New buildings can be seen being built, for example, or you may see a high street change over time as different store brands come and go.
The new feature has been added as part of Google’s celebration of the 15th anniversary of Street View.
It started on May 24, 2007 with just a handful of locations in San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Miami and Denver. Now you can swipe your way through more than 100 countries and territories around the world, as well as see landmarks and sights you can’t see, such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates.
There are plans to add many more unique and remote locations in the future with a new Street View camera to roll out in 2023.
Rick Henderson writes.