Matterport to Google Street View: Sept 2017?4614
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Video: Matterport Video published 9 May 2017. (Sounds like it is ready now: it's not (nor is there a date reference in the official video description.
While Matterport announced Matterport to Google Street View publishing "Starting this summer"  at the 2017 Google Street View Summit (Matterport Press Release), I imagine that it will be September 2017 before Matterport to Google Street View is available to all.
While Matterport is seeking Matterport to Google Street Beta Testers – I believe that Matterport will not make Matterport to Google Street View publishing publicly available until September 2017. (Matterport presentation | Matterport interview)
And while Matterport's history of announcing delivery dates - and missing by as much as nearly a year in some cases, in this instance, I believe the delay will be caused by Google.
Matterport to Google Street View publishing is dependent on the Google Street View API: currently in Beta.
While Google is making reasonable effort to have its API exit beta testing by the end of Summer, I believe they will miss either because of something unexpected or features that Camera companies are requesting or simply debugging.
At the 2017 Google Street View Summit in Tokyo, I asked [11:04 in video below) the Google Team if Cameras could still launch with the API in Beta - and while the answer was "yes" there was a lot of discussion by the panelists that the API is extremely ambitious and that Google is doing its best to exit beta, my impression is that companies like Matterport do not want to have its customers have a bad experience. While it's possible that Matterport could make Matterport to Google Street View Beta open to all Matterport Camera owners to release it as promised - "Summer 2017" - I would be surprised.
Additionally, at the 2017 Google Street View Summit, I spoke with multiple developers using the Google Street View Beta API that said things like:
✓ It says Published, but it takes two days to show up
✓ There is no confirmation email sent by Google when the Street View is published
✓ The API seems buggy
✓ Publishing may - or may not - be successful
As Thomas J. Peters said in his book, In Search of Excellence, innovation is a messy process.
In the scheme of things a month or three is not going to make a difference in mapping the world of outdoor and indoor public spaces.
That said, I will be managing clients' expectations - and in most cases - not even mentioning Matterport to Google Street View until it is public and working.
I could imagine that the Matterport tech team said, 4Q17. And, the Matterport Marketing Team said, "Summer 2017" and we MUST announce at the 2017 Google Streeet View Summit. I wouldn't be surprised if Matterport changed its website references to "coming soon" instead of Summer 2017.
For clarity, this delay will be as a result of Google: not Matterport.
And about predictions, I predicted that Matterport would announce:
✓ Virtual Reality at Inman Connect New York City 2017 (which it did)
✓ Matterport to Google Street View Publishing at the 2017 Google Street View Summit in Tokyo (which it did).
When do you think Matterport to Google Street View publishing will be available to all Matterport Pros?
Are you telling your clients that Matterport to Google Street View is "coming soon" or not telling them at all?
Video: Google Team Members Charles Armstrong (left), Stafford Marquardt and Jackie Lai field questions about Google Street View at the 2017 Google Street View Summit in Tokyo (10-11 May 2017).
At 11:04 (through (15:45) I ask if Google Ready cameras can still launch with the Google Street view API still in Beta? Answer: cameras will launch between late-June and early September 2017. Cameras can launch even while the Google Street View API is in Beta. The API is extremely ambitious. We're doing our best ...
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