Google Maps gets updated, brings 3D maps to mobile devices

Published Date
07 - Jun - 2012
| Last Updated
07 - Jun - 2012
Google Maps gets updated, brings 3D maps to mobile devices

Google has updated its Maps feature across devices, making it more comprehensive, accurate, and usable. It has also enhanced its off-road feature, Street View Trekker, giving users visual access to even more remote locations, where wheels simply can’t take you. The biggest new feature however, is the addition of 3D models to metropolitan area on Google Earth, for mobile devices.

To make Street View Trekker data more comprehensive, Google officials are visiting major wilderness spots, equipped with Street View backpacks that gather impressions of the landscape around.

In order to make Google Maps more accurate, Google been incorporating user feedback consistently, with the Report a Problem tool, and Map Maker. The Map Maker tool has now been officially extended to 12 more countries globally - South Africa, Egypt, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.

Another new feature if offline Google Maps for Android, which will begin rolling out within the next few weeks, allowing users to take maps offline from more than 100 countries.

Finally, getting to the new 3D map features, three-dimensional models of major cities will now be accessible via mobile devices. Google has been using new imagery rendering techniques and computer vision to automatically create the 3D cityscapes, from 45-degree aerial imagery. The company hopes to have 3D coverage for metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people.

For more details, refer to Google's official LatLong blog

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