Google has announced several new features for its mapping services, including 3D cityscapes in Google Earth, and an offline mode for its Google Maps Android application.
Offline mapping will become a part of Google’s “own global base map” and offer hi-res navigation without needing a WiFI or 3G or 4G connection. To use the feature, users will have to select the area they plan to visit before going offline, then download the map to their device, but only for users of its Android operating system for now.
The familiar GPS tracking blue dot will still be there to help with navigation.
3D Google Earth mapping also comes with the introduction of a new user interface called Tour Guide. The feature will allow users to choose a location, then take virtual flyover of modeled representations of locations and attractions.
Today, 75 percent of people around the globe can see their house by doing a search of Google, comparing the 37 percent from six years ago. To capture even more images, Google announced today Street View Trekker, a portable technology pack with 360-degree camera, that fits into a backpack and be carried by users into remote and wilderness areas only accessible by foot.
Google also said that it has new 3-D imaging and rendering technology, which will extract more dat from the higher-resolution aerial photographs captured by a fleet of planes working exclusively on behalf of Google.That new technology will add 3D models in Google Earth’s views of metropolitan areas. The company said it plans to have 3D coverage for metropolitan areas with a combined population of 300 million people by year’s end.
Source: TheGuardian.uk Mashable Forbes.