Google Maps 3D buildings on iPhone Maps!

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  1. snverhallen macrumors 6502a

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    Looks like Google is pushing 3D buildings to Maps. So far I can only find it in San Fran.

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  2. pyrodex macrumors 6502

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    I found a few at work (CNN Center) in Atlanta, GA but I believe I've seen this before so not sure its 100% new.
     
  3. BergerFan macrumors 68020

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    If they bring in a Google earth-style feature, then that'd rock.
     
  4. domness macrumors 6502a

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    They should bring this as a totally new app. "Google Earth." As loading times for GPS maps etc would be too long if you are driving through etc.

    The google earth app would be good because people could get screenshots and email them to their friends etc.
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    They've had it (I think, for quite a while) in Chicago, but only in parts of the city. For instance, here's a part of our Navy Pier, but where my hospital is, there are no 3D buildings....

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    Here's the Sears Tower neighborhood...

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  6. sibruk macrumors 6502a

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    And Boston... Looks like all the major US cities are covered. But I seem to remember this being in before 2.1.
     

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  7. Davidtrippy macrumors newbie

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    Also have 3-D here in Apple's 5th Ave Store!
     

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  8. Ding.Dong macrumors regular

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    I noticed this for Los Angeles a while ago. I think it's been available since the 2.0 firmware. They may be rolling out more cities over time.
     
  9. Rybold macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome! I love this 3D feature on my full computer. It's great to see it on the iPhone now. :)
     
  10. diesel macrumors 6502a

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    in nyc they've had that going back as far as i can remember
     
  11. zephead macrumors 68000

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    Here's a screenie of 3D buildings in LA with the 2.0.2 FW. This isn't a new 2.1 thing.

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  12. CADer macrumors 6502

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    Joking Right!

    I sure hope you are all joking?

    The maps are downloaded every time you run the app- sure some may be cached, but the maps are now showing the '3-D' buildings because Google added them on the maps. So now, no matter what firmware you have the maps will show what Google has put on them! just go to the Maps on any computer and check the same areas - they essentially are the same maps as on the iPhone. Google just provided a built in App on the Iphone to view the maps.
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It doesn't quite work that way...

    I don't have a good 3D example to show you, but here is a 2D example. The Google Map from Firefox on a PC for my hospital shows a 2D image of the hospital at sufficient zoom:

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    That 2D image of the hospital and other similar features in my part of Chicago are absent from the iPhone version even at maximum zoom:

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  14. domness macrumors 6502a

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    I wish GMaps would be wider spread with stuff like this.

    However, Google are going around the UK doing the street view :)
     
  15. zephead macrumors 68000

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    The map data on the iPhone is more outdated than the map data on desktop Google Maps, and in some cases, it's just incorrect on certain things. For example, I live about a half mile north of a major freeway (the 60 freeway in Moreno Valley, CA) which should be colored orange like all the other major freeways, but it's yellow like the regular streets. Another example is that the iPhone maps show an unheard-of Highway 31 in Corona along Main St and Hamner Ave. I looked it up online, and the Highway 31 signage was removed some 30 years ago when I-15 was finished though that area.

    One more thing: we've had lots of major construction done along most of the freeways here in the Inland Empire during the past 5 years and neither the desktop, mobile, or iPhone versions of Google maps have been updated to show any changes.
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Now that's interesting -- I haven't seen anything like this. I can't recall any times when road placements or even train/bus stations were inaccurate.
     
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  19. newyorksole macrumors 68020

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    Wasn't this available since a while back?........
     
  20. Eso macrumors 68000

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    So many times I will input an address on the iPhone and the pin drops in the wrong spot, even a couple blocks sometimes. Once I looked up a busniess and then searched for the address seperately and the pins were half a block apart. Just another reason for me that GPS isn't very useful on the iPhone yet. What good is knowing exactly where I am if the iPhone doesn't know exactly where my destination is?
     
  21. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    For the Nth time...

    Google Maps Mobile (e.g. app on a phone) gets its map data from TeleAtlas.

    Google Maps Web (web browser) gets its map data from NavTeq.

    Two different providers, with NavTeq generally regarded as more up to date.
     

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