Google has unveiled Google Business Photos for Maps, a new product that allows users to check out the inside of local businesses. Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of location and maps, made the announcement Thursday at the Social-Loco conference in San Francisco. During a demo on stage, Mayer and a co-worker showed off the ability to "enter" local businesses and see the inside of a building. Businesses can provide photos to Google, which can then be compiled into a 360-degree view of a building's interior.
Business Photos could prove to be a useful tool for restaurants, bars and establishments that depend on local patronage. Many people like to check out the places they eat and drink on the web. Soon, Google users will be able to see inside these places directly from Google Maps.
Mayer says that Google Business Photos will be released in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada and several other countries next week, with more countries getting the feature in the following month.
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