Monday, October 8, 2012

Google Plans new Maps for iOS, Adds Indoor and Underwater Mapping

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Link to article:
While Apple Waits, Google Is Busy Making Indoor Maps and Underwater Maps

Iphone and Ipad users are eagerly awaiting the day that Google releases a new map app to replace Apple's new, lovely but very flawed iOS 6 map (that was so far from being tested and ready that it advised users that the only route from San Francisco to Sausalito required a ferry trip). Now Google is sweetening the pot for users of its maps with indoor maps of public buildings and gorgeous aquatic vistas in its street view of underwater locations.

Excerpt: "The backlash over deficiencies and inaccuracies in Apple's new maps app has Apple squirming and iPhone users yearning for the day when Google unveils its own third-party maps app for Apple's mobile operating system. That day is coming, eventually, according to The Verge and the New York Times' Bits blog. The Verge reports that Google is 'scrambling' to build such an app, but was caught off guard by Apple's decision in June to drop Google maps from its native apps package. The Times suggests it may be taking Google some extra time because it wants to include 3-D imagery comparable to Apple's.

This must all be of great amusement to Google's Android team—especially since Google's own mobile maps have been getting better and better while Apple users wait. In July the company rolled out 10,000 indoor maps of landmarks like San Francisco's de Young Museum, the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the National Zoo. TechCrunch reports that the indoor maps are coming to France next.

And on Tuesday, Google unveiled 25 new 'underwater Street View' panoramas, with gorgeous pictures of sea turtles and manta rays cruising the Great Barrier Reef, among other submarine hotspots. The images come via a partnership with the Catlin Seaview Survey. The goal, a Google Oceans manager tells BoingBoing, is to make Google maps as comprehensive as possible by extending their reach underwater."
 

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