Google Announces New 3D Features for Google Earth, Is "Committed to Offering" Google Maps on 'All Platforms'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In a last minute press conference, Google today shared "the next dimension" of Google Maps. The presentation, which some felt was underwhelming from a product perspective, included a lot of history around the Google Earth, Maps and Street View products, as well as a peek at what's to come.

    The announcements are particularly significant with credible rumors that Apple will be dropping Google Maps as the native maps application in iOS, in favor of its own solution at WWDC next week.


    Image courtesy The Verge
    The first big announcement was related to the display of 3D buildings in Google Earth. Google is using airplanes along with a Google-designed system to photograph cities and make a 3D map of buildings. It appears to be a very similar process to the one used by C3 Technologies, a company that Apple purchased last year. The Verge offers more details on how it works:
    Aside from the Google Earth developments -- which will be coming to the iOS version of Google Earth in the coming weeks -- Google also unveiled new technologies for Street View and offline viewing for Google Maps on Android.

    Google executives also took questions from the audience. Brian McClendon, VP of Engineering for Google Maps, said Google was "really proud of Google Maps" and that the company was "committed to offering those services on all platforms". Based on these statements, it seems likely Google will offer a standalone iOS app for Google Maps even if Apple chooses to implement its own mapping solution in the native iOS Maps app, much like it does for the existing Google Earth app.

    Article Link: Google Announces New 3D Features for Google Earth, Is "Committed to Offering" Google Maps on 'All Platforms'
  2. jebus01 macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2012
    If Apple stand by their values, which I hope they will, they choose google IF google is actually a better map product. "We just want to make a product as good as possible", I remember Jobs used to say. Hope they do so.
  3. FFArchitect macrumors regular


    Mar 14, 2010
  4. Kauai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2010
    You know, it isn't a crime to admit that a company other than Apple does something well.

    And Google does very well with Maps. I just can't see Apple committing to the same amount of real world work they do in order to make sure Google Maps is the best.
  5. Kyrra macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2009
    The question is, who is responsible for developing Google Maps for the iPhone currently? It's been lagging behind the feature offerings of Android for quite some time. Is that Google's fault or Apple's fault?

    Honestly, if Google can take over full development of Google Maps for the iPhone and update it as regularly as they do for Android, I'm all for Apple ditching Gmaps and implementing their own (thereby letting Google do Google Maps themselves).
  6. Nicky G macrumors 6502a

    Nicky G

    Mar 24, 2002
    Baltimore & NYC
    It's a great time for those of us who love maps!!! Between this and what Apple likely has brewing, the next year or two is in for a giant leap in personal, mobile 3D map technology.

    When you look at this stuff, you just get that feeling of, "We DO live in The Future!" :D
  7. drewisanapple macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2011
    Still looking forward to Apple Maps, if anything, just to see what they've been able to do with the short time and the three companies.
  8. harley3k macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2008
  9. olowott macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2011
    Dundee, UK
    Last minute card played by Google:(.........Monday aint far away :)
  10. outphase macrumors 65816

    Jun 13, 2009
    Parts Unknown
    That would be the bright side if Google was no longer the baked-in map provider.
  11. Axemantitan macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2008
  12. macrumorsuser10 macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2010
    Google is in panic mode, and this ad hoc presentation with no product availability date show it. They're basically saying "Hey, we used to be important in maps." What's worse is that Apple will probably move completely away from Google in the next few years. Maps is just the beginning; Google search will be obsoleted when Siri and semantic voice search comes to its full potential.
  13. drewisanapple macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2011
    Apple developed all the stock apps on iPhone. But the reason we don't have all the app dated features is due to liscensing disputes.
  14. rnizlek macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2004
    Washington, DC
    Glad to hear they'll be developing something for iOS. I have to keep my access to Google Transit, after all.
  15. globalhemp macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2006
    United States
    Flight Simulator

    Looks like we'll all have access to a virtual flight simulator with 3D maps.
  16. lilo777 macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    Add iOS to this category.
  17. drewisanapple, Jun 6, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2012

    drewisanapple macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2011
    Apples looks better, more clean.
    Googles has detail though.

    Maps was greatly implied.
  18. Funkymonk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2011
    Would apple even allow google to have their maps app in the app store if they themselves want to get into the map business??

    I hope they do, especially if it turns out Google Maps is superior. And considering the time, money, and energy Google has put into maps all these years I think it will be.
  19. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    I'm sure Apple's solution will be more impressive in terms of "new features".

    However, what I feel they won't match (at least at first) is Google's map search engine and overall reliability.

    Google Maps is simply very effective at what it does, and it took Google years and years to perfect it, while Apple's solution will not have been tested by a large number of users when it will launch, and will likely have glitches or downtimes which is obviously what you don't want it that kind of app. For maps and navigation, reliability is more important than any kind of 3D gimmick IMO.
  20. Piggie macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    Meanwhile, back on planet earth. :D

    How lucky we ALL are to have a company such as Google mapping the entire earth for us.
    Only a few years ago, no, Google maps, No Google Earth.
    We forget just how much work, time and effort has been done, and, in effect given to the worlds population to all use for free.
    There is a lot of hate (esp here) for Google, but really, we should be so grateful, no other company would have gone out and done this for the mass public and just let us all use it like this.
  21. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    I agree. I just want the best mapping solution, not an Apple-branded product just because it's Apple branded.
  22. rahul247rocks macrumors member


    May 18, 2012
    Google knows pretty well that if Apple is entering the Maps Industry then they better buckle up cause Apple is best at what they do. It's not that they can enjoy on the laurels of their Maps Domination on the internet platform.
    Google Earth 3D looks impressive but I liked the leaked pictures of the new Apple 3D Maps way better.
  23. drewisanapple macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2011
  24. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Siri, one of the least reliable and least useful Apple products of the decade, is going to single handedly defeat one of the world's most reliable and well-known search engines? Lol :D

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