Solved Google Street View - iPad App vs. Windows - Very different!

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December 31, 2014 at 09:47:57
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, 3.3 GHz / 4001 MB
We have some friends who told us that they are staying at the Howard Johnson's on Archer Ave in Queens, NY. I used to live in Queens, so I decided to look up the hotel on Google Maps, just to check out the area.

I searched for it - by name - on the Google Maps app on my iPad and it dropped a pin on a warehouse next to an empty lot.

I checked the address and it seemed to be close to the correct location so I zoomed in and "walked" up and down Archer Ave via the app's version of Street View, but there was no Howard Johnson hotel anywhere in the area.

I then did the same search on my PC and what do you shows a 7 story building in that empty lot! Street View shows a crew working on a facade that I can only assume now bears the Howard Johnson name.

So, it looks like Google uses 2 different databases for the images that they stitch together for the iPad app vs. the browser version of Google maps. It's obvious that the browser version is more up to date. I called the hotel and the clerk said that they have been open for just over a year, so the browser version image is probably around 18 months old, while the iPad app image shows them just starting to dig the hole - 2, maybe 2.5 years ago?

The clerk at the hotel laughed when I told her why I was asking when the hotel was opened. Apparently, just the other day, she gave the address of the hotel to friend so the friend could come pick her up. Her friend called her back a little while later and said "You work in an empty lot?" :-)

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December 31, 2014 at 10:00:51
That is strange. On my original iPad 1 I see a seven-story building on that site! Perhaps it is just the app on newer iPads, rather than the Maps app on the original, that is out of date.

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December 31, 2014 at 21:21:21
OK, I was mistaken. It's the Maps app that shows the empty lot. All of these images are screen shots from my iPad.

This is from the Maps app:

The Google Maps app shows the roof of a building where the lot is, but I can't tell if it's the hotel or not. I can't seem to get to any type of street view in the Google Maps app, but based on the shape of the building that can be seen in the browser version of Google Maps, it doesn't look like the hotel

This is from the Google Maps app:

The roof seems to be the same height as the buildings on each side and I can't distinguish the partial 7th story that can be seen in the Street View shown in this screen shot from the Google Maps page in the Dolphin browser:

It seems that there are 3 different images of the same address depending on which map source you use.

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January 1, 2015 at 14:34:13
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At a quick glance (probably too quick) it seems to me that some of the links at #2 are different views so the map needs moving around and/or changing between far and close views. Maybe it is just their start points which are different.

In the UK the far views were produced many years before the close views so maybe that has some bearing on it. I've also found that house/building numbers are far from accurate. Zooming into numbers on adjacent buildings is often the only way to sort this out.

The other thing I have found is that some hotels (etc) are effectively just "adverts" plonked very roughly onto the map and can often be quite a distance from the true location of the premises.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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