Google Maps 3D Coming Soon

Dec 7, 2010 • 8:57 am | comments (3) by | Filed Under Google Maps

Google Maps is launching a 3D version of their mapping program. It is first launching on Android any day now and then to other mobile devices. Ultimately, I assume it will come to Google Maps on your desktop.

Here is a screen shot from Search Engine Land:

Google Maps 3D

This is using vector imaging and not bitmap tiles. So it requires a lot more CPU processing, but for most modern phones and computers, it should be fine.

Here is a video demo from the Wall Street Journal.

Greg Sterling also added that offline mode is coming. Greg said:

The second major enhancement is “offline reliability.” The new Maps for Mobile will work without a persistent data connection. It extends to rerouting in Google Navigation, while not connected. And this starts to give Maps for Mobile the persistence of a paper map.

Forum discussion at Google Blogoscoped Forums.

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