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  • Now: The building has crisp straight lines (Source:
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Rendering Improvements for Google Street View

In order to improve one of Google Maps’ most popular features, Google added a new Street View renderer to the Google Maps JavaScript API. Mobile users will see the biggest changes.

The improvements at a glance 

Better display:

Smoother transitions

Smoother loading animations

Object modeling improvements

Better mobile support:

WebGL imagery

Touch support

Motion tracking on mobile devices

Better controls:

Arrows and rectangles

Cleaner street names, labels and targets

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