Early this morning (12:01 PT) and yesterday, Google announced a number of new features to its mapping features, including 3D Google Earth on mobile platforms. It’s jumping ahead of expected mapping announcements from Apple at its Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC).
On its Google Earth blog early this morning PT, Google announced extensions to the system for global use. Yesterday, it announced 3D enhancements to its Google Earth map for mobile. Check it out, above.
On its post regarding its new Street View Trekker, Google reps write:
It’s a pretty limited search engine that only draws from a subset of sources. In the same way, it’s not much of a map that leaves you stranded the moment you step off the highway or visit a new country. Over the last few years we’ve been building a comprehensive base map of the entire globe—based on public and commercial data, imagery from every level (satellite, aerial and street level) and the collective knowledge of our millions of users.
Today, we’re taking another step forward with our Street View Trekker. You’ve seen our cars, trikes, snowmobiles and trolleys—but wheels only get you so far. There’s a whole wilderness out there that is only accessible by foot. Trekker solves that problem by enabling us to photograph beautiful places such as the Grand Canyon so anyone can explore them. All the equipment fits in this one backpack, and we’ve already taken it out on the slopes.
What’s your take on the Google map push? We’ll be following these developments at Google — and of course cover the WWDC as it unfolds.