From now on the Google Lens icon will prominently feature on the Google Search homepage, the web giant has announced. Meanwhile, a recent report claims that Google intends to discontinue its Street View app in March 2023. Google Street View app permits users to take 360-degree views of almost any street around the world. This app also allows users to contribute their 360-degree imagery for the Street View database. Eminently, the more popular Google Maps app also offers 360-degree Street View support. There is also a Street View Studio web application for contributors to upload their 360-degree imagery.
On Tuesday the Vice President of Designing at Google, Rajan Patel announced that the Google Lens icon has finally been added to the Google Search homepage. The Lens icon now sits alongside the mic icon inside the search box. On tapping the icon, users will get the option to drag and drop, upload, or paste a file link. Google Lens offers Search Text, Translate, and Find image source tools that were added to the desktop version of Chrome earlier this year.
In the meantime, according to a report by 9to5Google, the Google Street View app will be discontinued on March 31, 2023. The company has purportedly placed a few shutdown notices for the app in the latest update version 184.108.40.2064371618. These notices are not publicly visible for now.
The leaked screenshots portray Google asking contributors to move to Street View Studio for uploading their 360-degree videos. Meanwhile, the Street View and Photo Sphere features are available on Google Maps.
However, the Photo Paths feature in the Street View app could go down with the application. It allows smartphone users to upload 2D photos of streets that are not on the Street View database. For now, there is no replacement feature available on Google Maps or Street View Studio for Photo Paths.