Have you ever wondered as to why certain companies like to roll out a “mini” version of a perfectly fine and working handset? Perhaps it is because they have already done their bit to position the brand of the smartphone in such a way where it might cost even more money to actually start branding a new kind of device, so why not save that dough with some of the work already completed, use a similar looking chassis at a smaller physical form factor with lesser specs, and rely on the same name, except that there is the suffix “mini” behind it? The LG G2 too, might be on the receiving end of the mini treatment, where the display is tipped to be 4.7″ in size.
Come to think of it, 4.7″ is not mini by any means if you were to roll back the clock by a couple of years, heck, it is still bigger than what the iPhone 5s has. It remains to be seen just what kind of resolution will the 4.7″ display carry, although it is widely tipped to arrive with 2GB RAM and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU. Pundits speculate that it could be unveiled at CES which is all set to kick off in less than a month’s time.
Google’s Street View has been around for quite some time already, and it has definitely come in handy for some folks who managed to find their way home after being kidnapped, while others have had the unfortunate experience of discovering how they are being cheated upon by their other half through an image in Street View. Still, the world is a big place, never mind that two thirds of it is covered with water, the remaining 33% is still worth exploring. Why not bring some Street View goodness to the masses thanks to Google’s latest initiative?
There is a new feature available which allows one to come up with their very own Street View experience, all without the need for a Trekker. You will first need to shoot some Photo Spheres of your trail through an Android smartphone or a DSLR camera, before uploading them to Views, which is a special Google Maps segment that was specially designed to handle images of such scale. Once you’re done, just hook them onto a map, and visitors to Google Maps who drop by will now be able to have an idea of your place, from your perspective. This might just accelerate the growth of Street View for sure! [Press Release]