Google Announces 3D Maps for Mobiles to Compete Apple [Video]
Google and Apple are two big competitors in the modern smartphone and mobile market. Apple has been using Google Maps since the release of their first iPhone back in 2007. But now the company is going to get rid of Google’s mapping solution for its iOS devices and will introduce its own 3D Mapping with iOS 6 at WWDC 2012 next week. Apple was quite confident that its new 3D mapping will stir the world with its unique features, but today Google announced that the company is going to introduce 3D mapping services for smartphones and mobiles in the entire metropolitan areas.
An important next step in improving all of these areas-comprehensiveness, accuracy and usability of our maps-is the ability to model the world in 3D. Since 2006, we’ve had textured 3D buildings in Google Earth, and today we are excited to announce that we will begin adding 3D models to entire metropolitan areas to Google Earth on mobile devices. This is possible thanks to a combination of our new imagery rendering techniques and computer vision that let us automatically create 3D cityscapes, complete with buildings, terrain and even landscaping, from 45-degree aerial imagery. By the end of the year we aim to have 3D coverage for metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people.
It seems Google has decided to give tough time to its rival Apple and by introducing 3D Maps well ahead of Apple’s own mapping solution, Google has shown its supremacy over Apple at least in 3D mapping technology.
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