Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jun 2012 21:19 UTC
Google Google held its curious little Maps event today (and WWDC is right around the corner, surely a coincidence, is it not?), showing off some new stuff in maps. While digital maps are one big snore to me (old maps fascinate me to no end, though), they did have one cool thing to show off: full 3D mapping, which they're adding to Google Earth, also for mobile devices. It'll arrive over the coming weeks. The race is on: will Apple's 3D map thing arrive before, or after "the coming weeks"?
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No use for a 3d textured map on a phone
by dvhh on Thu 7th Jun 2012 05:20 UTC
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I think the level of information provided by 3d texture map, while cool looking, is an absolute mess in term of usability, because they don't provide extra information ( compared to stylized 3d model, or street view), Even for navigation, there is little chance that you would use this view in normal life ( except if we have our flying cars earlier than expected ).

I would say that Google (map division) is afraid of Apple, meaning it would be half baked.

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