9 to 5 Google shares that some users are seeing overlays on the Street View, similar to the pins that we see on the overhead Google Maps perspective. For example, restaurants and cafes have an orange icon which represents places to eat, stores have the blue icon, and some places have the generic location indicator. If you hover over the bubble, you’ll get a floating box with the name, description, rating, review count, and price indicator.
However, it doesn’t look like this overlay is widely rolling out both to users and to places just yet. Some of those users spotted it in major locations like New York and Boston but not in more local places. And even if you update your Google Maps to the latest version it doesn’t mean you’ll be part of the test group for this feature. Even the folks at 9 to 5 Google aren’t seeing this in their own apps.
Hopefully, this is something that Google will roll out more widely soon. We might not be able to widely travel for now because of the pandemic but it would still be useful for familiarizing ourselves with unvisited places or just going around streets virtually in the meantime.