Back at Google I/O in May, the company announced Google Maps would be getting its own version of Apple Maps’ Flyover feature. Immersive view, as it’s known, promises to offer a 3D aerial view of major cities. And Google says it’s not starting to roll out, but it won’t happen all at once. 

The first stage in rolling out Immersive view to the masses is to offer aerial views of major world landmarks. According to Google’s latest blog post (opens in new tab), it’ll be adding “photorealistic aerial views” to almost 100 landmarks in cities across the world — specifically Barcelona, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. 

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While the launch of these landmark views means Google Maps is one step closer, Apple Maps’ Flyover feature still has the upper hand for the time being. Apple Maps lets you navigate full 3D versions of entire cities, while Google Maps is only rolling out the ability to explore specific landmarks.

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