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One of the most interesting and new bits of functionality I saw during today’s T-Mobile G1 with Google announcement was the compass-mode in Street View for Google Maps. No question that the ability to hold your phone and then change directions to see Street View turn […]

One of the most interesting and new bits of functionality I saw during today’s T-Mobile G1 with Google announcement was the compass-mode in Street View for Google Maps. No question that the ability to hold your phone and then change directions to see Street View turn with you is amazing. Bear in mind that Google just released Street View for mobiles last week, and it works on many current handsets. Nope, you can’t swing your phone around and get dizzy with Street View like you can with the G1, but you can still take advantage of Street View, and walking directions for that matter, with a BlackBerry or phone that’s Java-capable. Makes you wonder if the iPhone’s Google Maps application will ever see this. ;)

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  1. i’ve searched around but I can’t seem to find an answer to this. Do you know if street view works on HTC Touch GSM (elf)? I installed the most recent version from google’s website… 2 days ago. It says java-enabled phones, is it because windows mobile does not have java embedded (you must launch java loader) that you can not use street view? Help me jkontherun!

  2. Hmm… just installed the Java version on my HTC Dash and it’s working fine. What Java environment does the HTC Touch use?

  3. I found the problem. You need to install the .jad and not .cab because windows does not have java embedded into the OS. However, since the touch does not have any buttons you can’t really properly use Google Maps because it does not support touchscreen (arrow keys work for a lot of the functions though). Sigh.

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