Google Earth VR, that let you go virtually anywhere in reality, today, brings in Street View to Earth VR, making it easier to explore an Street View imagery from 85 countries right within Earth VR.
Just fly down closer to street level, check your controller to see if Street View is available and enter an immersive 360° photo. You’ll find photos from the Street View team and those shared by people all around the world.
This updated version of Earth VR is available today for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
You can also check out Street View in VR with other phones, by downloading the Street View app for Daydream and Cardboard.
In other news today, Google is making ‘autoplay’ of media more consistent and giving users more control over audio on both desktop and mobile web. Starting with Chrome 64, a new site muting option will enable users to completely disable audio for individual sites. So, autoplay will only be allowed. when either the media won’t play sound, or the user has indicated an interest in the media.
“This site muting option will persist between browsing sessions, allowing users to customize when and where audio will play,” writes Google.
Also, Google News, Thursday, brings in Community Updates to tackle FOMO, as it will source news and events happening right nearby.
Using the machine learning (ML) tech, Community Updates will show additional information from your local publishing sources in its own space in the redesigned Google News —via a tab at the top of the page called “Local.”
At the moment, the new Community Updates is only available in the U.S. in English on news.google.com.
However, this fall, it’ll become available in the Google News & Weather App, as well.