Google’s Oblique Imagery Graduates

Google’s bird’s-eye oblique imagery has graduated from the API and Google Maps Labs to a spot on the main Google Maps page, at least for a few locations (a couple in Europe and a bunch in South Africa and the west coast of the U.S.). Zoom in enough in satellite view and you can toggle between normal imagery and 45-degree imagery (which is what Google calls it). Unlike Bing, you can’t rotate your perspective, and from what I’ve seen the imagery isn’t as good as Microsoft’s. Google has a long way to go, but it also has a tendency of doing just that.

Previously: Bing, Google and MapQuest Add Each Other’s Features.