Google "Business Photos" pilot program helps photographing businesses, with their permission, to highlight the qualities that make their locations stand out. In addition to the photos that business owners can upload directly through Google Places, these photos help potential customers get a better view of the decor, merchandise, food, and more on each business' Place page.
Also, Google been taking 360-degree photography to help businesses owners showcase their locations further, and starting today you can experience panoramic perspective for select businesses in the United States, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
"With this pilot, you'll begin to see additional photo experiences on the Place pages of a growing number of businesses. As additional imagery becomes available for more locations in the coming months, you'll also be able to enter the interior perspective of businesses directly from the Street View images of nearby roads on Google Maps.
We're now starting to make these images available through the Place pages of select businesses we've photographed. When 360-degree imagery of a business is available, you'll see an arrow appear over the thumbnail Street View image on that business' Place page. Press the arrow to preview the storefront or interior, then click on the thumbnail to see the image in Street View," explains Google.
[Source:Lat Long blog]