Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »
Pre-announcement of Google Earth for mobile made at Google event
June 7th, 2012 by Susan Smith
Pre-announcement of new features for Google Maps and Google Earth for mobile platforms was made yesterday at the “New Dimension of Google Maps” event. These features aren’t available to the public yet, but possibly announced as a precursor to the Apple iOS6 event next week. It is expected that Apple will announce that Google Maps will no longer be the default mapping application on iPhones. Since Apple has been acquiring companies and building their own mapping applications, they will be offering new mapping applications that will compete with what is offered on the Android phone. This may benefit users ultimately.
Also, over the next few months, Google will be rolling out a new style of 3D maps, generated via stereophotogrammetry from aerial imagery. The result will be better auto-generated buildings in sharp 3D, in a format that can address large areas. Availability will begin on mobile devices and graduate to the desktop thereafter.
Another new feature to watch is the StreetView Trekker, dubbed a “StreetView backpack.” It is basically StreetView Trike, a product that allows Google to reach a lot of remote areas, on steroids. At only 40 pounds, it will allow them to go almost anywhere and easily add fresh imagery to StreetView.
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