New Google options for smartphone users

4 December 2009 — 5:00 PM

The T-Mobile G1 is still available

Mobile recycling could be one way to pay for a new Google-powered device like the HTC Hero or the Samsung Galaxy.

However, for those who have already managed to get their hands on such a device, the search engine company has announced some changes to its Earth and Maps offerings.

Android smartphone users may now see new imagery appear on these services when looking at destinations that feature World Heritage sites when using the Street View facility.

"The 360 degree images are now online for people around the world to explore via Google Maps," the company said, adding it was hoped this would encourage support for the cultural preservation work the group does.

"World Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today and what we pass on to future generations," said Francesco Bandarin, a spokesman for the organisation.

The first Google Android device to hit the UK was the T-Mobile G1, which was also built by HTC.

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