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06-06-2012, 04:07 PM #1
Google Raises Curtain on 3D Maps
On Wednesday, Internet search giant and Android maker Google rolled out the red carpet to lead the grand unveiling of that which is being touted as the future of mobile mapping services.
Google’s ubiquitous mapping service will be overhauled with three-dimensional images of major cities to create a mobile mapping experience like no other... at least, perhaps, like no other until Apple unveils iOS 6 next week and steals Google's thunder with a comparable maps offering.
Nonetheless, Google had its moment in the sun today as the company demonstrated the 3D imagery inbound for mobile devices in the coming weeks.
There were impressive new features on display as well, including offline use and better 3-D maps. Soon people with phones using Google’s Android operating system will be able to pinch bits of maps on the screen and zoom in and out of things like city plans when they are not connected to the Internet.
Source: NY Times
06-06-2012, 04:12 PM #2
Apple can release their own Maps app all they want, its just going to be a clone of Google Maps. It'll do the same stuff and look pretty much the same. My bet is that Google will make their app available and people will use it over Apple's own offering, unless Apple blocks it from the AppStore.
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06-06-2012, 04:47 PM #3
At last it came it ! Apple will manage without google maps
06-06-2012, 06:30 PM #4
Apple's map would not be as good as this, aerial mapping can not be as detailed as street mapping. My guesses is Apple's aerial mapping would be similar to what exists right now, maybe with a tiny bit of Apple twist to it.
I find Google's new offering quite a bit more useful. Because when I need to find a place I can actually see what the shop looks like or landmarks so I know I am nearly there. If they offer voice direction I can see myself using this quite a bit, right now I am using Motion X GPS Drive just because there is voice direction for the maps.
06-06-2012, 09:34 PM #5
06-06-2012, 11:27 PM #6
I do miss Google maps from my droid days :-(.
06-06-2012, 11:51 PM #7
Shame Google doesn't patent as much or on as many vague things as Apple. Would love to see them sue Apple for the potential clone of Google Maps.
06-07-2012, 12:24 AM #8
06-07-2012, 09:37 AM #9
iEat. iSleep. iPhone.
06-08-2012, 07:41 AM #10
This may be a stupid question, but how does this differ from what google maps can already do? Ive used the street view many times before to see what buildings look like. Is this an expansion of that?